Boost for El Hierro as island chosen for new criminal drama
El Hierro has been chosen as the setting for a new criminal drama which, island leaders hope, will bring it international recognition.
“Hierro”, which will be aired on Movistar+ in 2019, is a series created by Pepe Coira. It will consist of eight episodes that will be recorded in the Canary Island over 15 weeks.
El Hierro will host the team of professionals and artists, including a large number of Canarian actresses and actors, such as Mónica López, Yaiza Guimaré, Kimberley Tell, Luifer Rodríguez, Mari Carmen Sánchez and Antonia San Juan, along with the Catalan actor Juan Carlos Vellido.
A press conference was led by Belén Allende, president of El Hierro, accompanied by the leading man, Darío Grandinetti, Domingo Corral, director of Fiction of Movistar +, Alfonso Blanco, producer of Portocabo, Olivier Bibas, producer of the French Atlantique Productions and Isaac Castellano, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Canary Islands Govern-ment.
Belén Allende said: “El Hierro is, with this series, not just a natural film set but a source of inspiration, a protagonist in itself of a plot that will largely revolve around our own idiosyncrasies as a people and in which the viewer can contemplate the rich natural and cultural heritage of this island, beacon of sustainability in the Atlantic. An island with a soul. “
“Hierro” is an original Movistar + series in co-production with the Galician producer Portocabo, French Atlantique Productions and ARTE France, whose director of fiction Olivier Wotling said: “ARTE is proud to participate in the international co-production of’ Hierro ‘with its Spanish partner Movistar +.”
“After working with Norway, Denmark and, more recently, in Germany and Italy, we continued our journey of European co-productions with the election of a Spanish project. Together with Atlantique Productions, we are proud to collaborate with Portocabo in this television drama. The high quality of the scripts won us over immediately, as well as the complex and ambivalent characters, to which magnifi-cent landscapes are added as a backdrop.”
Olivier Bibas, of Atlantique Productions has highlighted that “Hierro” is “a step forward in our ambition to produce European TV series with a strong local hook that also have the ability to travel around the world.”
Isaac Castilian, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands stressed that “the choice of El Hierro for this shoot is further proof that the Canary Islands is positioning interna-tionally in this sector, not only for its unparalleled offer in tax incentives but also for its locations, opening the way, in an increasingly prominent way, in the filming of series for television, which is also a sector on the rise today.”