'Athena,' a French drama film directed by Romain Gavras, focuses on the tragedy that resulted from the murder of a young boy, Idir, in the town of Athena. The three brothers — Karim, Moktar, and Abdel — are all worried less about Idir's death but more about the consequences that his business operations will suffer after the event. Abdel, the middle brother, believes that the system will compensate their deceased brother.
Karim, the younger brother, is impulsive and takes matters into his own hands. The sibling feud over the controversial subject of their brother's killing results in an all-out conflict in the neighborhood, causing many action-packed sequences. What keeps the viewers wondering is whether or not the film was shot on location!
Locations for Athena Filming
'Athena' was shot entirely in France, specifically in Essonne. The film's principal shooting for the Netflix film was apparently started in early August 2021 and completed in early October of the same year. It makes sense why the filming unit chose to shoot the film in France itself, as the majority of the filming took place at night. Now, without much hesitation, let us take you to the middle of the conflict and walk you through all the specific locations that appear in the movie!
The entire sequences of 'Athena' were shot in Essonne, a département of France situated in the southern Île-de-France region. The production team set up camp at the commune of Évry-Courcouronnes, particularly on Place du Parc aux Lièvres.
In an early September 2022 interview with Variety, the director, Romain Gavras, revealed that his team was able to involve many locals in the filming. "We almost got everyone involved, from the actors to the catering and the set design."
Essonne has been a key location for different kinds of movies and TV shows over the years, including 'Athena,' as well as in films such as 'Titane,' 'Happening,' 'Dangerous Liaisons,' and 'Standing Tall.'