The story of the Christina O, “symbol of the elite of the 1960s and 1970s” and filming location of Without filter

Ruben Östlund’s satire, which won an award at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and was released in theaters on Wednesday, was partly shot on the yacht acquired by Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis in 1954.

Palme d’or of the 75e edition of the Cannes festival, Without Filter by Ruben Östlund features Carl and Yaya, two young influencer models cruising on a luxury yacht. An exceptional ship, with a particular history, that the director sinks in this feature film which is released in theaters on Wednesday September 28.

“We shot the exteriors on the Christina Othe former yacht of the Onassis», reveals Ruben Östlund in the production notes. The Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis even married on this floating palace, 99 meters long, on October 20, 1968, with Jackie Kennedy, former First Lady of the United States. baptized Christina O in homage to his daughter, the businessman acquired the boat in 1954 for 34,000 dollars, while it was the property of the Canadian government. He then undertook to transform it by investing more than 4 million dollars for work, led by the German architect Cäsar Pinnau.

Aristotle Onassis in front of the Christina Oa yacht he acquired in 1954. Farabola / Bridgeman Images

Equipped with a helipad, a swimming pool that can be transformed into a dance floor, a jacuzzi and 17 cabins, the Christina O quickly becomes a “a very strong symbol of the elite of the 1960s and 1970s and of the string of famous and powerful men like Churchillwho have spent a lot of time on board” explains the filmmaker who chose it to paint the picture of his film, “which is like a flamethrower aimed at the excesses of the wealthy”, Éric Neuhoff analysis for Le Figaro.

the Christina O in the port of Monte-Carlo before leaving for a cruise in the Balearic Islands in 1958. Photo AGIP/Bridgeman Images

Over the years, Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich and even Ava Gardner have succeeded one another on the deck of this luxurious yacht for the biggest receptions. In 1956, it even hosted the wedding of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly. In 2022, the boat on which Carl and Yaya vacation in Without filter has a different kind of clientele. “Among the passengers: a Muscovite oligarch who made his fortune in food fertilizers, accompanied by his wife and his mistress, a lady in a wheelchair suffering from a stroke, an English couple whose husband owns an arms firm , and a plump and solitary forty-year-old who has just sold his company»describes Éric Neuhoff.

In Ruben Östlund’s satire, the idyllic cruise turns into a nightmare when a storm breaks out. The boat rocks, the delicacies do not pass, the toilets explode and the ship sinks. In reality, Christina Onassis inherited the yacht that bears her name on the death of her father in 1975. She sold it to the Greek government, which first made it a presidential ship. According to the HuffPost the Christina O has “since been resold several times to private owners and restored for new tens of millions of dollars” and is available for rental from €560,000 per week.


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