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Trueba Sets ‘Que Fue de Jorge Sanz?’ as ‘Boyhood’-style Spanish Premium Pay TV Franchise (Exclusive)

26 November 2014 5:36 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Spain’s David Trueba, whose latest feature is the 6 Sales-sold “Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed,” an Outsider Pictures U.S. pick-up and Foreign-Language Oscar entry, is prepping a now rare addition to Spanish premium pay TV fiction: an ongoing once-every-five-years franchise development of “¿Que Fue de Jorge Sanz? (lit. “Whatever Happened to Jorge Sanz?).

Bowing Sept. 2010 on Canal Plus España, Spain’s biggest feevee service, “Que Fue,” a large critical hit, has been to date one of the very few original series financed and aired on a paybox in Spain by a pay TV operator, though Telefonica’s purchase of Canal Plus, now awaiting anti-trust clearance, may change that.

As on “Eyes Closed” – which also won the 2014 Palm Springs Fest Cine Latino award, beating out higher-profile foreign-language Academy Award contenders, and took best actor and the Tonino best screenplay prize at Italy’s San Marino Fest – Trueba is set to write and direct. »

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