Alea Media produced a masterpiece for HBO Europe! Patria is a Historical web drama that spotlights the life of people affected by ETA’s terrorism in Basque. The show is adapted from the Fernando Aramburu novel of the same title. Aitor Gabilondo is the creator and writer of the show; it follows the story of two close friends who become estranged when one of them lost her husband at the hands of the Basque separatist group ETA.
Patria Release Date: When will it air?
Initially, it was slated to air on 17th May, but it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first two episodes of the Spanish drama landed on HBO Europe on 27th September 2020. European audience watched the first two episodes via HBO Europe while the HBO Go, HBO Now, and HBO Max made the show available for the US, Latin American, and Caribbean audience. The complete show was screened at San Sebastián International Film Festival on 18th September 2020.
Patria Season 1 Episode Guide: How to watch?
The show has been rated 8.1 on IMDB. The mini-series has eight episodes. Three episodes have been released, which were rated highly with views in millions.
Episode 1: Octubre Benigno (October Beningo)
Release date: 27th September 2020
In episode one, Bittori goes back to her hometown to uncover the truth behind her husband’s death, who was murdered by ETA.
Episode 2: Encuentros (Encounters)
Release date: 27th September 2020
Episode two highlights the impact of Bittori’s return on her neighbors. They feel uncomfortable, specially Miren! Miren was once the best friend of Bittori, but their friendship faced hardships as Miren’s son is an ETA terrorist.
Episode 3: Últimas Meriendas (Last Snacks)
Release date: 4th October 2020
In Episode 3, Joxe Mari goes on the run; this makes both Bittoris and Maris’s life even more difficult.
Episode 4: Txato, entzun
Release date: 11th October 2020
Episode 5: El país de los callados (The Land of the Silent)
Release date: 18th October 2020
Episode 6: Patrias y mandangas (Homelands and Mandangas)
Release date: 25th October 2020
Episode 7: Pan ensangrentado (Bloodstained Bread)
Release date: 1st November 2020
Episode 8: Mañana de domingo (Sunday Morning)
Release date: 8th November 2020
The first half of the show is directed by Félix Viscarret, while Óscar Pedraza was on the director’s chair for the second half of the show. Each episode lasts 60 minutes; you can watch it on HBO Europe, HBO Go, HBO Now, and HBO Max.
Patria Season 1 Review:
Undoubtedly, Patria is one of the most important series of the year. Three episodes in, it had moved people and provided many issues and topics to talk about. The show has the capability to keep you glued to the screen, entire series screened on 18th September with a 90 minutes interval, and it is not surprising that all the audience returned to watch the second half. Such reception is not a surprise considering the themes show is dealing with! People’s minds and hearts have wounded so deep ten years ago that nobody even speaks of the bloody campaign now. However, Patria shatters that silence and tells the story of families whose lives were ruined because of ETA’s violence. This show is not a documentary or a history lesson about Spain’s conflict for almost half a century. Instead, it is a fictional story that describes how ordinary people became victims of the tragedy. It is a must-watch!
Before even hitting the screens, the show was the center of conflicts. There were many critical comments on the show’s poster, which shows a victim of a terrorist group on one side and a member of ETA being tortured on the other. The poster somewhat placed the perpetrators and the victims on equal footing. The show discusses both sides of the story without being favorable to anyone.
Patria Season 1 Cast: Who is in it?
- Elena Irureta as Bittori
- Ane Gabarain as Miren
- Loreto Mauleón as Arantxa
- Eneko Sagardoy as Gorka
- Susana Abaitua as Nerea
- Mikel Laskurain as Joxian
- José Ramón Soroiz as Txato
- Íñigo Aranbarri as Xavier
- Jon Olivares as Joxe Mari
- Alvar Gordejuela as Juancar
- Fernando Guallar as Quique
- Begoña Maestre
Patria Season 1 Trailer: When can we watch it?
Patria is now streaming on HBO Max; you can watch it every Sunday. Have a look at the trailer to get a basic understanding of the show.