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06 February 2023

"Swamped by an unusual destiny in an azure August sea".

My husband and I were on a rubber dinghy, searching for the perfect beach to film on. In front of Cala Luna, I fell in love. The choice was immediate." This is how Lina Wertmuller explained the selection of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world as a location for one of her most well-known films: "Swamped by an unusual destiny in an azure August sea." The film features scenes of love, politics (it was the seventies), and beach slaps between the rich and spoiled Mariangela Melato and the proletarian sailor Giancarlo Giannini. These are unforgettable pages of Italian cinema. The exotic landscape - Cala Luna becomes the island of castaways - with the sand dunes of Capo Comino (in Siniscola), but above all the beach divided by a river and colored with white and pink oleander petals."


"Swept Away, the remake with Guy Ritchie and Madonna.

Thirty years after the original, "Swept Away," the pop star Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie fell in love with this story of love and class struggle. A remake with small changes in location: instead of Cala Luna, the beach of Cartoe - in the territory of Dorgali - was chosen, where most of the scenes were shot. Madonna - stayed with most of the crew at the Hotel Su Gologone - instead of Mariangela Melato, Adriano Giannini inherited the role of his father Giancarlo, both stranded on the beautiful beach of Fuili - in Cala Gonone - where it is easy to imagine, thanks to the mountain that bathes the sea, the deserted island."


"Mr. Robinson, monstrous love and adventure story.

Another deserted island, other castaways, another love story. That of Mr. Robinson from the seventies - the film directed by Sergio Corbucci is from 1975 - who in this corner of paradise - still the beach of Cala Luna transformed with exotic palms and populated by wild animals - desperately searches for cans of Coca Cola and television. On set, Paolo Villaggio and the beautiful Zeudi Araya, the female version of Friday."

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Get to Cala Gonone

The town can be easily reached from major Sardinian cities (Cagliari, Sassari, Oristano, Olbia) by taking the s.s. 131 - Abbasanta/Nuoro branch - Lula/Dorgali exit. It is also connected to Cagliari and Olbia by the s.s. 125 (also known as the "Orientale Sarda" because it connects all the towns along the eastern coast of Sardinia), which is longer and more winding, but rich in incredible panoramic views.

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