HBO Europe to film Spanish original drama

HBO Europe will film an adaptation of Fernando Aramburu’s novel Patria as its first Spanish original drama from early next year.

HBO Europe will film an adaptation of Fernando Aramburu’s novel Patria as its first Spanish original drama from early next year.

Set to film as an eight-part series in the north of the country, the story spans 30 years of the Spanish separatist terror movement ETA and follows two families impacted in different ways by the violence.

HBO Europe to film Spanish original drama
Spain basque country

Alea Media is producing the drama that has Argentine filmmaker Pablo Trapero on board as lead director. The filmmaker’s accolades include a director win at the 2015 Venice Film Festival for his crime movie The Clan.

“A personal, human story that unfolds against the backdrop of political violence in the Basque country, and which explores themes of grief, community and forgiveness, Patria is at once acutely local and affectingly universal,” said Antony Root, executive vice president of original programming and production for HBO Europe.

“That we have such an outstanding creative team to bring it to life is testament to our ambition for the series and its appeal to both Spanish and international audiences. It is the perfect project to kick-off HBO Europe’s drama slate in Spain.”

Spain continues to develop its international production profile. The country now offers formal filming incentive support and by the end of next year will have two separate Netflix facilities up and running in and around Madrid.

In June this year, HBO Europe started filming international co-production Hackerville in Romania, and in August began work on drama Beforeigners on location in Oslo as its first Norwegian shoot.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Spain.

Images: FreeImages.com/Victor Iglesias/Sylvain Sangla

HBO Europe to film Spanish original drama
Spain basque country

HBO Europe will film an adaptation of Fernando Aramburu’s novel Patria as its first Spanish original drama from early next year.

Set to film as an eight-part series in the north of the country, the story spans 30 years of the Spanish separatist terror movement ETA and follows two families impacted in different ways by the violence.

Alea Media is producing the drama that has Argentine filmmaker Pablo Trapero on board as lead director. The filmmaker’s accolades include a director win at the 2015 Venice Film Festival for his crime movie The Clan.

“A personal, human story that unfolds against the backdrop of political violence in the Basque country, and which explores themes of grief, community and forgiveness, Patria is at once acutely local and affectingly universal,” said Antony Root, executive vice president of original programming and production for HBO Europe.

“That we have such an outstanding creative team to bring it to life is testament to our ambition for the series and its appeal to both Spanish and international audiences. It is the perfect project to kick-off HBO Europe’s drama slate in Spain.”

Spain continues to develop its international production profile. The country now offers formal filming incentive support and by the end of next year will have two separate Netflix facilities up and running in and around Madrid.

In June this year, HBO Europe started filming international co-production Hackerville in Romania, and in August began work on drama Beforeigners on location in Oslo as its first Norwegian shoot.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Spain.

Images: FreeImages.com/Victor Iglesias/Sylvain Sangla

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