Patria, a new series about ETA terrorism

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Explore the Basque Country with Patria, the series based on the book by Fernando Aramburu, which recounts the worst years of the terrorist group ETA.

Patria, the Spanish series portraying the worst years of terrorism in the Basque Country

HBO brings us an eight-episode miniseries, the first original production by HBO España. Based on the novel of the same name by Fernando Aramburu, the story spans thirty years in the lives of two families in the Basque Country, or Euskadi, and focuses on two women who were originally friends and end up separated by blood and pain. They are Bittori (Elena Irureta) and Miren (Ane Gabarain). A rift forms between them when Txato, a Basque businessman and Bittori's husband, is murdered just outside his home. It is pretty apparent that one of those implicated in the incident is Miren's son, an ETA militant. This undoubtedly leads to the split.

Fernando Aramburu is one of the most important writers in Spain today. His prestige, gained through different works, reached its peak with Patria, a novel that become a blockbuster phenomenon and earned him the prestigious Critics Award, National Literature Award and Francisco Umbral Award.

Patria, among his most complex books, is shaping up to be one of the most well-crafted Spanish series based on a book, boasting HBO’s exceptional quality. It presents the harsh life endured by many families during that period of ETA's terrorism, with historical accuracy and excellent direction and performances.

Patria, first-class direction and cast

Patria is directed by Félix Viscarret and Óscar Pedraza. It is worth noting that in 2007, Viscarret adapted another of Aramburu's novels, El Trompetista del Utopía, brought to film as Under the Stars. Aramburu himself was involved in that production as screenwriter. Under the Stars, along with the documentary Saura(s) (2017), are two of Viscarret's best-known works. Pedraza directed episodes of the series Tierra de Lobos (2010–2011) and was assistant director on the series Las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste (2013) and Hermanos (2014).

In addition to the two protagonists, the cast of Patria includes Susana Abaitua (Faraday), Ane Gabarain (Mi Querido Klikowsky), Loreto Mauleon (El Secreto de Puente Viejo) and Eneko Sagardoy (Handia), among others. 

Patria, the miniseries that portrays ETA's years of terror coming September 28th only on HBO and HBO GO.

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