RTVE, ZDFE’s ‘ANA. all in’ Exposes the Dark Side of Spain’s Massive Gambling Industry – Variety

RTVE, ZDFE’s ‘ANA. all in’ Exposes the Dark Side of Spain’s Massive Gambling Industry – Variety

After years working in film and theater, celebrated Spanish author, screenwriter and filmmaker Roberto Santiago (“The Longest Penalty Shot In The World”) has returned to TV to adapt his bestselling novel “Ana” for the small screen, starring Spanish star Maribel Verdú (“Y Tu Mamá También,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”).

Angela Armero (“Velvet”) co-wrote the series adaptation with Santiago, and award-winning film and TV vets Gracia Querejeta (“Cuando vuelvas a mi lado”) and Salvador García Ruiz (“The Hunt. Monteperdido”) direct. The six-hour series is produced by Spanish broadcaster RTVE in co-production with Tornasol and DeAPlaneta in association with German production-sales company ZDF Enterprises, part of public broadcaster ZDF.

“ANA. all in” turns on Ana, a small-time lawyer thrust into the underground world of illegal gambling when her brother is accused of killing the manager of the Gran Castilla Casino. After assembling a small but energetic team, this Spanish Erin Brockovich goes head-to-head with the Goliath that is one of the world’s largest gambling industries.

The series shot over the summer in Madrid and Pamplona, adhering to Spain’s strict health and safety guidelines for audiovisual production during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Santiago spoke with Variety in the run-up to Mipcom, where the series is being featured by RTVE and ZDFE.

This series doesn’t pull any punches in its critical portrayal of Spain’s gambling industry, which is among the biggest in the world. What made you want to pull back this curtain?

The gaming industry
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