MADRID – – Starring Spanish actor-turned-director Paco Leon, drama “Siete Años” (Seven Years), the first Netflix original film shot and produced in Spain will debut around the globe on Oct. 28 on the U.S. streaming giant.
Directed by Goya-Award winner Roger Gual (“Smoking Room,” “Tasting Menu”) and written by Jose Cabeza and Julia Fontana, “Seven Years” tells the story of four friends and founding-partners in a company who one night are forced to find a solution that can save their friendship and themselves. They must face a complicated decision: Who must sacrifice his freedom to save the rest from personal and financial ruin.
“Seven Years” is produced for Netflix by Colombian Cristian Conti (“Undertow,” “Rage”) at Barcelona-based Cactus Flower and Argentine composer-producer Federico Jusid at Madrid-based Metronome.
Netflix, which will celebrate its first year of operations in Spain on Oct. 20, unveiled in March its first local original TV drama, teaming with Ramon Campos’ outfit Bambu Producciones. Reportedly titled “Las chicas del cable,” the 1920s-set TV skein follows four women hired as switchboard operators at Spain’s sole telephone company in Madrid.
Alongside Paco Leon, the star of Spanish TV primetime hit comedy “Aida” and director of a string of Spanish hits – “Kiki, Love to Love,” “Carmina or Blow Up” – “Seven Years’” cast also includes Spain’s Alex Brendemuhl (“Truman,” “The German Doctor”) and Manuel Moron (“Cell 211,” “Crematorium”) plus Colombia’s Juana Acosta (“Sanctuaire,” “Crematorium”) and Juan Pablo Raba (“The 33,” “Narcos”).
“After our launch in Spain last year and with the country’s long film tradition, it is a honor to present now this great project that we will bring to 190 countries,“ Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.