16 April 2021

Berlin, Germany

The film THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 2 is the fourth and final part of the series. It is based on the third book of the trilogy with the same name. After the film was released a fourth part, 'The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes', has been published, which is a prequel to the original books. It is likely that after the success of the films, this book will also adapted for a movie.

Two films were made of the book 'Mockingjay' which were filmed simultaneously. Filming started on 23 September 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia, and would last until 18 April 2014. Filming continued in France and Germany, the final day of shooting was on 20 June in Berlin. 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, 1:51:57
The story is set in the near future. A group of young people between the ages of 12 and 18 must compete against each other in The Hunger Games, organised by the government of Panem. Only the winner will survive. One of the participants is Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). She leads a group of rebels and becomes the 'mockingjay' of the title, the symbol of the rebellion against the ruthless event.

In Berlin, filming took place at the former Berlin-Tempelhof airport and at the Messedamm Underpass. This pedestrian tunnel was built in 1979 to give access to the Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin. The tunnel lies under Messedamm and Masurenallee. The orange-tiled pillars and walls make it a unique location. Although it is hardly visible on the photos, the tunnel looked neglected, was dirty and full of graffiti during our visit.
In the film, Katniss and her fellow warriors end up in the tunnel as they try to flee Panem.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, 1:17:28
Messedamm Unterführung, Berlijn, 1 July 2019
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, 1:17:46
Messedamm Unterführung, Berlijn, 1 July 2019
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, 1:18:18
Messedamm Unterführung, Berlijn, 1 July 2019

In a relatively short time, more American movies were filmed at this location: The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Hanna (2011), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Atomic Blonde (2017). 

Screenshots © Lions Gate Films Inc.