With Javier Rey in the leading role, more than 120 actors make up the cast of this series on the drug trade in Galicia, pitched in the key of a thriller.
Shot entirely on location, ‘Fariña’ is a journey in time back to the moment when a group of secretive fishermen became smugglers and ended up as Europe’s biggest drug kingpins.
Ramón Campos, Teresa Fernández-Valdés, Sonia Martínez and Carlos Sedes are the executive producers of this adaptation of the book of the same name by Galician journalist Nacho Carretero
MADRID, March 12, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — ‘Fariña,’ a new original series by Atreseries, will premiere in prime time on March 16th.
The series, starring Galician actor Javier Rey (‘Bandolera’, ‘Hispania’ and ‘Velvet’), recounts the fast life of Sito Miñanco in Galicia in the 1980s, when this coastal region had all the ingredients to become the ‘new Sicily‘: economic backwardness, an age-old tradition along its rocky shores of smuggling by land and sea, against a backdrop of admiration and tolerance for criminal activity, inherited from harmless and benevolent tobacco smuggling chieftains.
In ten episodes — each one set during a year in the decade of the 1980s -— and pitched in the key of a thriller, ‘Fariña’ is an original series by Atresmedia, produced in collaboration with Bambú Productions, and an adaptation of the best-selling book of the same name by Galician journalist Nacho Carretero.
Besides Javier Rey, more than 120 actors make up the cast of this series, featuring stars like Tristán Ulloa, Manuel Lourenzo, Antonio Durán Morris, Carlos Blanco, Jana Pérez, Marta Larralde, Tamar Novas, Fran Lareu, Xose A. Touriñán, and Celso Bugallo, among others.
The shooting, which lasted for 26 weeks, was done entirely on location, depicting a journey in time back to the moment when a group of secretive fishermen overnight became smugglers and ended up as Europe’s leading drug kingpins, driven by the Colombian connection, which, via the rocky estuaries of Rias Baixas, was to inject fariña, or flour, the cocaine that the whole continent would be snorting from that moment on.
With Ramón Campos, Teresa Fernández-Valdés, Sonia Martínez and Carlos Sedes as executive producers, the script features input from Nacho Carretero, under the responsibility of Ramón Campos and Gema R. Neira themselves, along with Cristóbal Garrido and Diego Sotelo.
More than 120 actors and over 3,000 extras were involved in the filming of ‘Fariña’ during the six weeks in which shooting took place. More than 300 period vehicles were needed, and over 10,000 pesetas in currency had to be printed.
One of the truly outstanding features of the production was the filming of the chase scenes at night over the course of three weeks, which required more than 30 vessels.
1980s. Galicia. The reform of the fisheries industry has left part of the Galician fishing fleet on dry land, and hundreds of vessel owners in debt. There is no work. In the numerous fishing villages dotting the coast of Galicia, the lack of income and daily wages is economically strangling households. It’s the perfect mix of ingredients to bring about the big transformation: former tobacco smugglers make the leap into something that’s bigger and more profitable, but also far more dangerous: drugs.
Tobacco smuggling, which had somehow become deeply rooted in society over the years, makes way for drug smuggling. The local smugglers get in touch with the Colombian cartels and start to smuggle cocaine. The drug trade in the white powder – which is already moving vast amounts of money in the U.S. – reaches Galicia and, ultimately, Spain and the rest of Europe.
Very soon, 80% of the cocaine arriving in Europe will be landing on the coasts of Galicia. Galician drug smugglers are raking in huge sums of money as the serpent of the drug trade begins to spread its poison in a society held hostage to the economic hardships of the period.
Lots of people see this criminal enterprise as a way to get by and even to live well. Law enforcement does not always act the way it’s supposed to, and there are those willing to look the other way.
With the passing of each day, the drug kingpins of Galicia gain more and more power. Overnight, they have become the Kings of Galicia.
Mondays, starting on March 16th
8:00 p.m. Mexico/9:00 p.m. Colombia/10:00 p.m. Venezuela/11:00 p.m. Argentina
10:00 p.m. ET /7:00 p.m. PT
SOURCE Atresmedia Internacional