Welcome to Kyopeli: Where was The Lost Daughter filmed?

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Based on the book by Elena Ferrante, exploring motherhood, the Netflix psychological drama was originally set on the Italian coast.

However, The Lost Daughter was filmed on the Greek island of Spetses, although it is set on the fictional island of Kyopeli.

Where was The Lost Daughter filmed

This acclaimed film, starring Olivia Colman as Leda (Broadchurch, The Night Manager) and Dakota Johnson as Nina (the star of the Fifty Shades movie series and the new Suspiria), is one of the favorites for the 2022 Oscar.

American actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Deuce, The Dark Knight) makes her directorial debut with this project that splits between the present and the past to tell the story of a woman with a troubled life and something dark to hide.

Welcome to Greece and our spoiler-free guide to the filming locations of The Lost Daughter.


Spetses doubles as Kyopeli

Kyopeli
Often included as one of the Saronic Islands, Spetses is a tiny laid-back island inhabited by about 4,000 souls.

Spetses is located relatively close to Athens in the Peloponnese, near Hydra, the mythical island frequented by Leonard Cohen in the 1960s.

Today, this gorgeous hideaway is not one of those peaceful, unspoiled off-the-beaten-path Greek islands anymore.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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Kyopeli island
To travel to this romantic and jaw-dropping destination where private cars are barred (despite what we see in the film), the best is to arrive by ferry from Athens' Piraeus Port. The trip just takes two hours.

However, there is not much to do there in the offseason because everything is closed, although you will have all the crystal-clear sapphire waters of the island for you.

Spetses hosts the fortified monastery of Saint Nikolaos, a couple of museums, including the Laskarina Bouboulina Museum, dedicated to the famous Greek naval commander and heroine, and many spectacular old mansions.
Image courtesy of Jean Housen


The Lost Daughter beach
Kyopeli's beach, actually called Paralia Zogeria (Paralía meaning "beach" in Greek), is located in a beautiful cove with a small restaurant surrounded by dangerous pine trees.

Situated about 6 miles away (10 km) from Spetses town, to get there you have to drive a windy road across the island.
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The Lost Daughter house
The elegant house featured in The Lost Daughter, with a balcony facing the Myrtoan Sea, is located on Anargirou Street, a bit far from the town center, but in the beach’s direction.

If you are curious, at the moment, this small villa is not available on Airbnb.
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Frau im Dunkeln drehort
Ciné Titania is a lovely open-air cinema theater managed by the Poseidonion Grand Hotel, in the island's only town.

Originally built in the 60s, this little cinema was recently renovated and today is still in operation.
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The Lost Daughter cast
The main cast also includes Maggie Gyllenhaal's real-life husband, Peter Sarsgaard as Professor Hardy.

Ed Harris, the Man in Black in the HBO science fiction-Western series Westworld, plays the caretaker of the house, Lyle.

Irish actress Jessie Buckley (Chernobyl, I'm Thinking of Ending Things) plays young Leda.

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