26 greek isles 7. Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Angelina Jolie returns as Lara Croft in this action-packed movie which features many Greek locations, including the island of Santorini. Your own travel adventures may vary from this fictional depiction! Greek archaeological authorities are sticklers at preventing the theft of Greece’s cultural heritage. But now there is one “tomb raider” that is being welcomed with open arms by Greece and the citizens of Oia (Ia), the heretofore quieter sister of Thira (Fira) on the island of Santorini. 8. Two Faces of January Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, this movie was shot in Athens and Crete and stars Viggo Mortensen. It enjoyed just a limited release but is available on DVD. In the film, a con-artist (Viggo Mortensen) kills a detective. He and his wife (Kirsten Dunst) find that they must trust a potentially dangerous stranger (Oscar Isaac) to help them get out of Greece. 9. D’Agostino “D’Agostino” was shot overlooking the caldera of Santorini, with the volcanic islands of Nea Kameni and Paleo Kameni visible below and the partial crescent island of Thirassia in the distance. From the angle, it looks like the balcony we see in the film is located in Imerovigli, between Fira and Oia. Some scenes were shot beachside on the cli¢s below. The script is minimal so there are many pretty shots of Santorini, showing scenic vistas, chickens, donkeys, shops, markets, and the iconic ‘on the balcony with a glass of wine’ shots. These montages sometimes last for minutes at a time as we watch the hero walk through the winding lanes of Fira, hike in ancient Thira, and wander elsewhere on the island. Listed as “producers” on the film are the cheerful and bright Santorini eatery Mama’s House, located in Fira (Thira) and the Kavalari Hotel, a TripAdvisor Award of Excellence winner. Mama’s House probably provided the catering and the hotel provided the location and lodging. DeTraci Regula is a freelance travel writer who has always been fascinated with ancient and modern Greece. She spent 18 years writing for TripSavvy while specializing in Greek Travel. TripSavvy.com is one of the top-10 travel information sites in the world. It’s written by real experts that speak the local language and have tabs on the best of everything in town, from cocktails to kids’ menus.