Situated in a secluded lane just off the main motorway from Madrid to northwest Spain, the cottage, with its well-trimmed garden, black slate roof and tall spiked fence wall, appears to be out of place in a rural environment. domain rather than in a metropolitan city. It also instantly signals a very well-heeled establishment house under dictator Francisco Franco.
He now serves as the key ensemble on Paramount Plus’ “Bose,” a six-part series that follows the impressive decades-long career of Spanish singer-songwriter Miguel Bosé, produced by Banijay Iberia subsidiary VIS, Shine Iberia, Pepe Elefantec Global and Legacy Rock from Baston.
One of the first — and biggest — hurdles Bosé had to overcome was his own upbringing, showrunner Nacho Faerna (“La Fuga”) explained during a tour of the highly anticipated Spanish-language series, whose production ended in mid-April.
Growing up in the neighborhood of Somosaguas, a suburban stronghold of Franco’s upper-middle class outside Madrid, Bosé’s father, Luis Miguel Dominguín (played by Nacho Fresneda of the “Department of Time”), a famous bullfighter hailing from conservative Toledo , maintained close ties to the Franco regime.
Shooting scenes from Bosé’s early life, the show seeks to show how the contradictions between Dominguín and Bosé’s mother, Lucia Bosé (Valeria Solarino), a liberal Italian actress who never fully embraced the conservatism of the Dominguín’s lifestyle, influenced Bosé in the creation of his still-famous avant-garde personality.
For Faerna, the personalities of these two seemingly polar opposite parents, with Dominguín representing “the macho, ancestral and telluric” and Lucia serving as an “intellectual and sensitive woman surrounded by the progressive classes of Europe”, propelled Bosé to build a career in beyond his parents. .
As he became a star in his own right, Spain itself underwent dramatic social change, as the conservative dictatorship gave way to a new democratic country and culture. Similar to David Bowie’s cultural crusade against British conservatism, Bosé’s career was characterized by constant pushback against Spain’s conservative aristocracy.
“It was a real revolution from the point of view, let’s say, of mores, of attitude”, according to Faerna; Bosé “was a type of artist that, here, we had never seen”. In that sense, Faerna said, Bosé “serves well to portray a country in a moment of radical change,” change that the show tackles head-on.
Co-directors Fernando Trullols and Miguel Bardem (whose father, Juan Antonio Bardem, portrayed Lucia Bosé in “Death of a Cyclist” in 1954), recognize the importance of this cultural and societal shift in the show.
Bosé himself, Trullols said, “goes through many very important moments in our country, through many changes.” Throughout his career, Bosé “fights for his freedom, as an artist, as a person. We focus a lot on this part.
In a six-part series spanning decades, the character of Bosé takes on many faces, played by Iván Sánchez (“You Can’t Hide”) and up-and-coming Spanish actor Jose Pastor.
Bosé “has always been in constant evolution”, said Sánchez Variety. “He is a very active person with a great thirst for knowledge, which has driven him to always do and seek very diverse and distinct things.”
As Bosé symbolized cultural change in Spain, the show highlights the growing fictional ambitions of Spanish industry. “Bosé” is a great intellectual property, its international fame providing a strong opportunity for the show to succeed outside of Spain, both for and beyond the 580 million Spanish speakers worldwide.
For VIS, a division of Paramount, “Bosé” is a key series in its overall strategy. As a relatively young studio, launched in 2018, the importance of “Bosé” to the studio comes down to one theme: partnerships.
“This is a really important series in our overall strategy,” said Laura Abril, SVP, Head of VIS EMEA and Asia. Variety during the scheduled visit.
By focusing on partnerships within the Paramount Global universe, including distribution through Paramount Plus, with Shine Iberia and Elefantec, according to Abril, VIS shows “how [VIS has] this ability to partner inside and outside the Paramount Global network.
For Shine Iberia, “Bosé” is part of its content launch strategy in the Spanish-speaking world.
“We are always on the lookout for strong stories and content that have market potential not only in our market, but also in Latin America and the Hispanic United States,” said Macarena Rey, CEO of Shine Iberia. Variety. In addition to “Bosé”, Shine Iberia’s current slate includes several projects in Latin America and the United States, underscoring its global ambitions for Spanish-language content.
“Bosé” will air on Paramount Plus in the coming months.