The original HBO Spain fiction and the “FIFA Gate” series were chosen to compete in the official selection of the French festival.

The Series Mania Festival, which will take place on March 20-28 in Lille (France) revealed the list of series chosen to comete in the 2020 edition.

And among the 11 series that will have their own world premiere at the event are Spanish series Patria and LatAm series El presidente.

Created by Aitor Gabilondo and based on the novel written by Fernando Aramburu, Patria tells the story of two families divided by the ETA in Spain.

Produced by Alea Media for HBO Europe, with HBO Latin America, Patria will premiere in May on HBO Spain and then simultaneously on the 21 countries where HBO Europe is present.

Meanwhile, El presidente is a co-production between Chile’s Fabula, France’s Gaumont and Argentina’s Kapow. It will premiere this year on Amazon Prime Video.

With Armando Bo as showrunner, the series presents real-life crimes inspired by the people and the events surrounding the famous “FIFA Gate” scandal in 2015. It explores the scandal from the point of view of the president of a small Chilean club, who rises from the dark to become a key player in a million-dollar conspiracy.

More Hispanic Presence

In addition to Patria and El presidente, the Festival’s official program features other titles from the Hispanic world.

In the Short Form competition are Mexican series Laif (Zoología fantástica) and Argentine series El sueño del pibe (UN3, Palta Films, Cablevision Flow).

In the International section, stand Chilean series The Pack (Fabula, Fremantle, Kapow, TVN, Amazon Prime Video), while the Europe Premieres section features Peru’s El día de mi suerte (Movistar).

Lastly, in the All night comedy marathon section stands Spanish series Drama from RTVE Playz.