TWO NEW PROJECTS IN 2021
The production company headed by César Benítez and Emilio Amaré has already closed two
projects to be shot in 2021
This strategy is part of a commitment to expand business lines beyond the production of television fiction
Madrid, November 18, 2020
After a decade as a reference in the production of fiction for television, Plano a Plano takes the leap and faces 2021 with an expansion of business lines that intend to cover different areas of the audiovisual value chain. The first project to materialize will be the production of films, “a natural evolution of the company if we take into account my professional career with almost thirty titles behind me during more than twenty years dedicated to this sector”, says César Benítez, president of Plano a Plano, for whom the current situation is also a rising value.
“During these more than ten years, Plano a Plano has maintained its position as the first independent production company, making our expansion coincide with the boom of the series in Spanish and, once we have consolidated our titles and projects with all the chains and platforms operating in Spain, it is time to take on new spheres of activity”, he declares.
The first project to be launched will be the film “En la oscuridad”, currently in pre-production and based on the novel of the same name by Antonio Pampliega, which focuses on the ten-month kidnapping of this Spanish reporter by Al Qaeda. The film, which will be directed by Norberto López Amado (“Nos miran”, “Hernán”), has the advice of Pampliega and, among the difficulties of filming, includes the physical transformation to which the protagonist will have to be submitted to reflect the weight of the journalist before his kidnapping (120 kilos) as well as the physical deterioration after the months of captivity in Syria.
Plano a Plano is closing the main cast of this film. “We’ve been toying with the idea of producing films for a long time and I think we’re going to debut with the perfect project,” explains Emilio Amaré, the company’s general director. “This story allows us to enter through the big door and do it with a story full of emotion and truth that is a lesson in life and faith and that shows how far human beings can go to achieve freedom,” he adds. Shooting is scheduled to begin during the first half of the year.
At the same time, Plano a Plano is already working on what will be one of the most ambitious projects of the seventh art in our country. It is a co-production that will be shot in Kazakhstan and will put in the hands of Benito Zambrano the story of the hundreds of Spaniards who were interned in concentration camps in the -then- Soviet country after the Spanish civil war. The production plans to start shooting next summer, as the low temperatures in the region would make it difficult to film there at another time of the year.