Netflix Orders Spanish Thriller With Star of Foreign-Language Oscar Contender 'Champions'

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'Hogar'

'Hogar,' or 'Home,' will also feature Mario Casas ('The Skin of the Wolf').

Netflix on Tuesday unveiled plans for a new feature film out of Spain. Thriller Hogar is shooting in Barcelona with lead actors Javier Gutierrez, star of Champions, Spain’s foreign-language Oscar contender and top local grosser this year, and Mario Casas (The Skin of the Wolf).

In Hogar, or Home, Gutierrez stars as an out-of-work advertising executive who begins stalking the young couple living in his family’s former home. He slowly infiltrates their lives, intent on getting back what he’s lost, no matter the cost.

Alex and David Pastor (The Last Days) are directing, and Barcelona-based Nostromo Pictures is producing. The film has a supporting cast of familiar faces, including Bruna Cusi (Summer 1993), Ruth Diaz (The Skin of the Wolf) and David Ramirez (Narcos).

Hogar is one of several Netflix feature films in production in Spain right now. Screwball comedy A Pesar De Todo, Netflix’s first feature film with series producer Bambu Producciones, just finished shooting in Madrid with stars Marisa Paredes (All About My Mother), Blanca Suarez (Cable Girls), Amaia Salamanca (Love in Times of War), Macarena Garcia (Holy Camp) and Belen Cuesta (Paquita Salas) in a quirky tale of four sisters coping with their mother’s death.

Three other Netflix films are currently in post-production in Spain, including Isabel Coixet’s black-and-white period film Elisa & Marcela, based on the true story of two women who must hide their love from a disapproving public in late 1800s Spain. The film is produced by Rodar y Rodar (The Orphanage) in association with Film Factory.

A Quien Te Llevarias a Una Isla Desierta, a dramedy about four roommates facing the world of adult responsibilities, stars Elite and Money Heist duo Maria Pedraza and Jaime Llorente for director Jota Linares, who also wrote and directed the original theatrical production the film is based on. Beatriz Bodegas from La Canica Films produces.

And Daniel Sanchez Arevalo (DarkBlueAlmostBlack) directs Seventeen for Jose Antonio Felez’s Atipica Films. The story focuses on a teenager with social and communication difficulties who bonds with a therapy dog and then reels his brother into a quixotic odyssey when the dog gets adopted.

Netflix also has a handful of series in the works in Spain while it continues construction of its Madrid production hub. These include Bambu Producciones’ High Seas, a 1940s-era mystery set aboard a boat that is filming in Madrid; Hache, a 1960s-set drug trafficking drama now shooting in Barcelona for Weekend Studio; and season three of the hit series Money Heist, fresh off its International Emmy win, which is shooting outside Madrid. The company has also announced season four of Cable Girls and a season two for its popular new teen drama Elite

In July, Netflix signed an exclusive overall deal with Money Heist creator Alex Pina, founder of production company Vancouver Media. Pina has the Ibiza-set mystery series White Lines in development for Netflix with The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures, and the female-action drama Sky Rojo, set to start production in 2019.