Coming to a movie theatre near you … films to inspire your travels

There was the Hobbit-effect in New Zealand, Walter Mitty in Iceland … Here’s our pick of upcoming films with settings awesome enough to give you itchy feet

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Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus

The title of this psychedelic road trip extravaganza gives a good idea of the drug-fuelled adventures to come. Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffmann), otherwise referred to as the “crazy dancing girl”, joins Jamie (Michael Cera) and his Chilean pals as they embark on a road trip to find, and consume, the peyote cactus. The venue of choice is a beautiful beach on the edge of the Atacama desert, which makes for a striking yet simple backdrop for the drama. Cera and the cast actually did dope themselves up on mescalin during filming, so you can expect plenty of twitchy hallucinogenic realism. When it comes to travelling, nothing is quite as romantic as getting freaky in the desert.
Released 18 January

Grace of Monaco

Set in the Prince’s Palace in Monte Carlo, this biopic depicts Hollywood actor Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) suffering a “crisis of identity” in 1962 while her husband Prince Rainier III grapples with French president Charles de Gaulle over who should control the principality’s media. The film is bound to reignite nostalgia for the luxurious Mediterranean resorts of the 1960s, when Rolls Royces carted stars around winding coastal roads overlooking sparkling bays and yacht-filled harbours. In some ways, not much has changed in Monaco since.
Released 14 March


A true adventure tale, Wild tells the story of Cheryl Strayed, who embarked on a 1,100-mile trek across the US following the death of her mother. Strayed’s memoir of her extraordinary journey was published in 2012, but it quickly caught the attention of filmmakers, with Reese Witherspoon taking the starring role in the movie version. Strayed had no backpacking experience when she set out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail – a spectacular route that runs through the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains. The film should be filled with sweeping views of untouched countryside in an area with few roads and even fewer vehicles. You’re probably more likely to stumble across a rattlesnake or a bear than a car. To give you an impression of the scale of the challenge, even Witherspoon had to hit the gym to build up enough strength to carry her backpack for filming. Expect a tough-going and inspiring wilderness adventure, with lashings of self discovery.
Release date tbc

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden

In a tale that’s a bit like the BBC’s Castaway, albeit more tropical, The Galapagos Affair tells the true story of a small group of Europeans who settled on one of the tiny Pacific islands in the 1930s. The documentary splices new material with vintage footage, with voiceovers from a glitzy cast, including Cate Blanchett and Sebastian Koch, who help put together a tale of trouble in paradise. The film will no doubt inspire more visits to the incredible islands, but perhaps also revive an interest in its history, beyond Darwin and giant turtles.
Released 4 April (US)


While few of us would choose to walk across the deserts of Australia for our next holiday, the story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who did that in 1977, is a terrifying yet compelling adventure that is as raw as travel gets. Like Wild, Tracks is based on the book Davidson wrote about her journey. Davidson, played by Mia Wasikowska, is joined only by four camels, her dog, and eventually a photographer who insists on joining her to document the trip. As she spends nine incredible months slugging across 1,700 miles of intense nothingness, sunburn is the least of her worries.
Released 25 April

Rio 2

Well, it’s hardly set on location, but if anything’s going to get you buzzing for a trip to Brazil, it’s this indomitable trio of CGI parrots. The plot is barely worth mentioning, (something about the rainforest …), but it is worth noting that Will.I.Am does the voice of Pedro, a rapping red-crested cardinal. It’s been a few years since the first instalment of Rio, but with the World Cup kicking off in this June, we’re not surprised the sequel is coming out now. In the words of Pedro: “It’s popping in the Amazon – you know what I’m saying?”
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