Elena Irureta and Ane Gabarain
HBO Spain confirmed on Monday the casting of Elena Irureta and Ane Gabarain as the first two confirmed stars for Patria, its first local original production.
Patria, the first Spanish original from HBO, has finally begun to take shape with the confirmed casting of its two main stars: Elena Irureta and Ane Gabarain, who will play Bittori and Miren in the series.
The announcement was made this Monday by HBO Spain, which also confirmed the series will begin filming at the start of 2019 in the Basque Country under the directorial efforts of Pablo Trapero and Félix Viscarret.
Based on the successful novel by Fernando Aramburu, the series was also written by Aitor Gabilondo.
With eight episodes, the show is produced by Alea Media in collaboration with HBO Latin America, which will bring the show to screens in 2020 in simulcast with HBO Europe.
It will also be available for HBO subscribers in the US on HBO GO, HBO NOW, HBO On Demand, and other channel distributors.
Both actresses join the project after long careers in Spain, in film as well as in theater and TV.
On the big screen, Irureta has featured in movies like Gernika, Flores de otro mundo or Hola, ¿estás sola?. And on TV she has been on shows like Down Below, Bi eta bat, The Time in Between, The mysteries of Laura and The Commissioner.
On her end, Gabarain has been on feature films like La Comunidad, 800 balas and Loreak, among others, and featured on TV series like My dear Klikowsky and Jaun ta Jabe, in addition to Down Below and Bi eta bat.
Irureta (Bittori) and Gabarain (Miren) will step on the shoes of two friends whose relationship was torn apart by ETA. Bittori, lives in forced exile in San Sebastian with the ghost of her murdered husband; and Miren, is radicalized by maternal instinct as her son moves up the ranks of the terrorist group. After a ceasefire was announced by the terrorist organization, the need to know the truth about the death of her husband makes Bittori return to her village, something that will disturb many of her former neighbors and especially Miren, who continues to refuse facing the consequences of the past.
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