Susana Abaitua’s land is expanding…
France’s Canal+ has acquired HBO Europe’s first Spanish original drama, Patria, starring the 29-year-old Spanish actress.
With a narrative that spans more than three decades, Patria tells a story of the Spanish Basque country threatened by the terrorism of the leftist separatist group ETA, as seen through the eyes of two families divided by the violent conflict.
On the day ETA announces a ceasefire, Bittori (Elena Irureta) visits the cemetery where her husband Txato, who was murdered by the terrorists, is buried. She tells him she’s decided to return home to the village where they lived together to try and get closure.
Bittori’s presence in the village causes chaos — enraging Miren (Ane Gabarain), her neighbor, once a close friend, and the mother of Joxe Mari, an imprisoned terrorist and the probable killer of Txato. The rift between the two women and their deeply held convictions make trying to forget impossible. The question is, will they be able to forgive in a community shattered by political fanaticism?
In addition to Abaitua, who portrays Nerea, Irureta and Gabarain, the series also stars Iñigo Arambarri, Mikel Laskurain, Loreto Mauleón and Jon Olivares.
Patria was created and written by Aitor Gabilondo, based on the bestselling novel by Fernando Aramburu.
The series will premiere in HBO Europe’s 21 territories on September 27, while it will be released on the same day in the U.S. on HBO and HBO Max.