Leonardo Aranguibel, director of Production at Disney Media Distribution LatAm, spoke to ttvnews about the highly-anticipated series based on the life of Carlos Monzón, which premieres this Monday at Series Mania.
Chosen to participate in the International Panorama section of the 2019 Series Mania festival, new series Monzón (13x60’) will officially premiere its first two episodes this Monday, March 25 in Lille (France).
Co-produced by Disney Media Distribution Latin America (DMDLA), Pampa Films and INCAA in Argentina; the series will premiere in June in Latin America on Space (Turner Latin America).
In an interview with ttvnews, Leonardo Aranguibel, director of Production at DMDLA, spoke about the fiction that revolves around the mythical and controversial Argentine boxer, Carlos Monzón.
"For us it is a major honor to participate in Series Mania for several reasons. First, Monzón is the only Latin American or US Hispanic series present at the festival. And we were invited to participate in the festival. The organizers asked us to see the material and they included us in the International Panorama section," said Aranguibel.
During the avant premiere, Leonardo Aranguibel will be present along with Pablo Bossi, Executive Producer of Pampa Films; and French actor Fabian Wolfrom, who plays Alain Delon in the fiction.
"I could say that Monzón is one of the productions I feel most proud of in my career," said Aranguibel. "Pampa Films did a great job. A great reconstruction of time. And the casting is phenomenal. The acting work is incredible. The cast is first class," he added.
The series’ cast features Jorge Román and Mauricio Paniagua (Carlos Monzón); Celeste Cid (Susana Giménez), Diego Cremonesi (Fiscal Gustavo Parisi), Gustavo Garzón (Dr. Roberto De Luca), Florencia Raggi (Dra. Patricia Rosello), Rodrigo Pedreira (Fernando Vargas Rissi), Belén Chavanne (Leticia Bianchi), Fabián Arenillas (Amílcar Brusa), Paloma Ker (Pelusa), Carla Quevedo (Alicia Muñiz), Soledad Silveyra (Elba), Mariano Chiesa (Tito Lectoure), Cumelén Sanz (Silvia) and Nacho Gadano (El Turco Cairus).
”This series puts the spotlight on a very current issue because it revolves around the first murder of a female celebrity in Argentina and I think in Latin America as well,” he said.
The executive defined the fiction as a true crime story: “It’s the story of the crime and the trial, but it also showcases Monzón’s story.”
The executive highlighted the many shades in the character, as part of the richness and depth in the story.
“We can see two Monzón’s which have been a terrible dichotomy in Argentine history. On the one hand he’s a champion, the great World Champion. Someone who came from poverty and made it to Hollywood,” he said.
“And on the other hand, he’s a violent man who beat women; the most terrible representation of domestic violence. I think we’re putting a spotlight on that too,” he said.
"It was very difficult because it really is a very moving story and it has that great component of the Greek tragedy. It is a very painful story but at the same time it is a love poem," he said
Other Original Titles in the Pipeline
DMDLA continues to add more original projects to its pipeline, with several already in development such as the biopic Secretos confesables, based on the life of Spanish singer Julio Iglesias; supernatural series Cazadores de milagros, coproduced with Mediapro, Somos Productions y BTF Media; the historic series Americana with Naim Productions; and the biopic El Rey, about Mexico’s José Alfredo Jiménez.
"We are very happy that this stage started four years ago with Hasta que te conocí, keeps moving forward. It is a great time for the development of original projects, and we are very busy,” Aranguibel concluded.