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MADRID — Movistar Plus’ upcoming original series “Tell Me Who I Am,” based on Julia Navarro’s popular Spanish novel “Dime Quien Soy,” has finished shooting and will head to post-production for delivery later this year.
Set across multiple decades of the 20th century, the story kicks off with 30-something internet journalist Javier, tasked by his aunt to investigate the life of his great-grandmother, Amelia Garayoa, who left her husband and son behind her as she fled Spain as a result of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.
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Amelia becomes embroiled in some of the most important historical events of the century, from Franco’s ascent in Spain, the uprising and liberation of Berlin, the rise of Stalin’s communist U.S.S.R., the barbarity of Warsaw’s ghettos, Rome in the final years of Mussolini and the decline of Nazi Germany in occupied Athens. With a foot in both the past and future, “Tell Me Who I Am” sees Europe’s recent history personified in Amelia, a woman constantly dealing with the consequences of her own contradictory actions.
Producer José Manuel Lorenzo talked with Variety from set about the writing process, in which lead writer Piti Español (“Otros días vendrán”) received input from director, showrunner and long-time collaborator Eduard Cortés (“Merlí,” “La vida de nadie”) and the novel’s original author Julia Navarro.
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“Julia had never wanted to adapt her books to TV, but I was able to convince her, and she was very involved in helping us with the adaptation. She didn’t write the scripts, but she did read everything we wrote and gave us feedback,” he explained.
“In the books, much of what happens is spelled out but there are many things left out, left for the series. When we wanted to know the background of the characters, she helped immensely in that construction. Her help was invaluable over months...
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