Tenet Filming Locations Guide: The Spectacular House and City in Italy

Tenet starring cast in the boat
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Tenet is like a classic spy movie with a science-fiction twist, based on the idea of reversing the flow of time by manipulating the entropy of the elements. The movie plays with time and reality in the wake of director Christopher Nolan's previous movies Memento (2000) and Inception (2010).

The cast is led by John David Washington as a CIA agent called the Protagonist, Robert Pattinson as Neil, Kenneth Branagh as the Russian oligarch Andrei Sator, Elizabeth Debicki as his estranged wife, Kat, and Michael Caine makes a cameo as a British Intelligence officer.

Tenet was filmed across seven countries: Estonia, Denmark, India, the United Kingdom, Norway, Italy, and the United States during 2019. The action scenes in this globetrotting epic movie got very real because they are real: everything was done in camera - the film contains no green screens and there are very little visual effects shots. The inversion sequences were shot twice: one time moving forward, and a second take with the actors doing everything backward.

Where was Tenet filmed?

The Opera House scene in Tallinn
The opening scene in the Ukrainian National Opera House in Kiev was shot in an old Soviet-era amphitheater in Tallinn (Estonia). The Tallinna Linnahall concert hall, built for the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics, was closed in 2010. The building was neglected and covered with graffiti waiting for renovation until the film crew rebuilt and repaired large sections of the structure for filming.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Warner Bros - Map


Floating wind turbines and vessel
The wind turbine scene was filmed in the Danish offshore Nysted Wind Farm. Also known as Rødsand, this was the world's largest of its type until 2007. Built in 2003, the 72 turbines of the wind field are arranged in a perfectly aligned grid. Image courtesy of Warner Bros - Map


Shooting in India
Some scenes in India were shot at Cafe Mondegar, located in a corner of the popular Colaba Causeway in Mumbai. The Protagonist meets Neil in the Royal Bombay Yacht Club (pictured above), near the iconic Gateway Of India arch-monument. They infiltrate the tower of an arms dealer called Priya (Bollywood actress Dimple Kapadia), a 23-story building in Grant Road. Image courtesy of Warner Bros - Maps: Cafe / Club


Cannon Hall in London
In London, the Protagonist meets Michael Caine in the National Liberal Club. This is a private members' club in Westminster, located in Whitehall Place near the Houses of Parliament. The Cannon Hall is not the headquarters of the crazy Cannonball road race society, but the school of Kat and Andrei's son. The exteriors were filmed in this 1720 historic house in Hampstead. Image courtesy of Warner Bros - Maps: Whitehall Court / Cannon Hall


Filming in Oslo
In Norway, the scene pictured above was filmed in the roof of the modern Oslo Opera House, covered with white Italian marble from Carrara. Pictured below, Neil and the Protagonist make plans in a square located in the Tjuvholmen peninsula, near the center of the city. However, the scenes set in the Oslo freeport were shot back in Tallinn at the Kumu Art Museum, home of the Art Museum of Estonia. Later on in the movie, there is a scene with the Protagonist and Priya talking in the old Maarjamäe park, a Soviet War Memorial.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros - Maps: Opera House / Tjuvholmen / Kumu / Maarjamäe


Norskfreight plane
The producers decided that the best way to crash a 747 on a hangar was to buy a real 747 and crash it for real, instead of using CGI or miniatures and mock-ups. When location scouting, the team discovered the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville (San Bernardino County, California) that has an aircraft 'boneyard' with the capacity to store over 500 old planes retired from service. This working airport was previously featured in several movies including Oceans 11 (2001), The Hulk (2003), and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2005).
Image courtesy of Warner Bros - Map


Tenet house
The Sator house in Italy with a spectacular balcony overlooking the ocean is Villa Cimbrone, located on the gorgeous town perched on the cliffs of Ravello. This famous belvedere known as Terrazzo dell'lnfinito appeared in Wonder Woman doubling as Themyscira Island. The dinner was filmed in the exclusive Belmond Hotel Caruso restaurant, also featuring jaw-dropping views of the Amalfi Coast landscape.
Image courtesy of Adrian Scottow - Maps: Villa / Hotel


Tenet city
The charming town of Amalfi served as the background scenery for the sequence on the boat. At the top of a staircase, the 11th century Duomo di Amalfi cathedral is one of the highlights when visiting the Amalfi Coast. The yacht used for filming is the luxurious 240 feet long (73-meter) Planet Nine, featuring six decks, jacuzzi, and its own helicopter landing pad. Image courtesy of Warner Bros - Map


Tenet Filming Locations
The car-chase sequence required closing an eight-kilometer freeway in the center of Tallinn, the Laagna Road. The entire sequence took three weeks to shoot and involved hundreds of extras and stuntman driving on cars moving both forward and in reverse. Image courtesy of Warner Bros - Map


Tenet drehort
The final battle in the Soviet closed city Stalk-12 was shot 80 miles east of Palm Springs (California). The filmmakers built a huge set from scratch in the desert to recreate the location where the pieces of the algorithm are stored.

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6 comments

  1. Great article! Thanks.

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  2. The private club where he has dinner with Michael Caine is actually the Reform Club. The National Liberal Club is where he brings the Goya.

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  3. Thanks for the article!

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  4. What about the dinner the Protagonist has with Kat?

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