Netflix Orders Comedy About Dysfunctional Terrorist Cell as Second Spanish Original Film

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Written and directed by 'A Spanish Affair' scribe Borja Cobeaga, the comedy stars Javier Camara.

Netflix unveiled its second original feature film from Spain on Tuesday. Fe de Etarras, a comedy about a dysfunctional terrorist cell in Madrid, stars Javier Camara (Narcos), Julian Lopez, Miren Ibarguren and Gorka Otxoa.

The film is written and directed by Borja Cobeaga, who describes it as “a crazy comedy about a serious subject –- like Friends, but in a safe house.”

Cobeaga wrote Spain’s most successful comedy ever, A Spanish Affair, which ranks as the country’s top-grossing homegrown title of all time. Produced by Barcelona-based Mediapro, the new comedy will premiere simultaneously in the 190 countries in which Netflix operates.

Fe de Etarras is set in the summer of 2010 in a Spanish city and tells the story of a strange and dysfunctional terrorist squad formed by a veteran who wants to prove he isn’t a coward, a couple whose relationship depends on the longevity of the operation and an outsider who thinks being part of the team will make him feel like Chuck Norris. The squad hides in an apartment waiting to get the go-ahead, which seems like it will never come. Meanwhile, the Spanish national soccer team is winning the World Cup in South Africa, and the whole country is celebrating around them.

Netflix said no English-language title has yet been selected for the film, which starts shooting this week in Madrid.

Etarra is the name given members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA, which waged a 50-year bloody campaign for independence from Spain, killing more than 800 people before ending its activity earlier this year.

Netflix Spain’s first film was Seven Years, released in October.