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Beartown, which premieres this Sunday, across HBO Europe territories will become available in the U.S. in 2021.
The same is true for 30 Coins (30 Monedas) from director Álex de La Iglesia, which will premiere on Nov. 29 across HBO Europe territories and on HBO in Latin America at a date that has yet to be confirmed.
In 30 Coins, “nothing is as it seems, and nobody can be trusted,” according to a show description. The show focuses on Father Vergara (Eduard Fernández), an exorcist, boxer and ex-convict who is exiled by the church to serve as the priest of a remote town in Spain. “He wants to forget and be forgotten, but his enemies will soon find him,” the plot summary says. “Strange things begin to happen, and an unlikely task force of Mayor Paco (played by Miguel Ángel Silvestre) and local vet Elena (played by Megan Montaner) seek the truth, whilst reality is distorted by a cursed coin, which is at the heart of a global conspiracy.”
The show had its world premiere out of competition at the 77th Venice International Film Festival, followed by its Spanish premiere at the Sitges Film Festival. It was co-written by de la Iglesia and Jorge Guerricaechevarría. Executive producers for HBO Europe are Steve Matthews, Miguel Salvat, and Antony Root, with de la Iglesia and Carolina Bang serving as executive producers for Pokeepsie Films.
Beartown explores “the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, the courage it takes for an individual to go against the group, and the consequences of how we raise our boys,” according to a show description.
It is about a town that is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees surrounding it, “but with the junior ice-hockey team having a shot at winning the national semi-finals, all the dreams of the locals now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.”
This becomes the catalyst for a violent act that “will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil,” according to the description. “Accusations are made, and like ripples on a pond, they travel through Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.”
The five-part drama is based on the bestselling novel of the same name, written by Swedish author Fredrik Backman (A Man Called Ove). It is directed by award-winning Peter Grönlund (Goliath, Drifters), with Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson being the screenwriters. The series is produced by Filmlance, part of Banijay.
Hanne Palmquist, Matthews, and Antony Root serve as executive producers for HBO Europe. Backman is also executive producing.
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