Germany’s Pixable Studios Boards Take It Easy’s Portuguese TV Series ‘Finisterra’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Germany’s Pixable Studios has boarded coming of age “Finisterra,” one of the TV series projects which Portuguese outfit Take It Easy is promoting at this year’s Conecta Fiction & Entertainment edition.

Lisbon-based Take It Easy produced Oscar-shortlisted LGBTQ+ live action short “An Avocado Pit,” executive produced by Elliot Page.

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“Finisterra” has just entered into post-production and will be ready for delivery by January.

A Portugal-Luxembourg-Germany co-production, “Finisterra is also produced by Luxembourg’s Wild Fang Films.

The TV series’ producers are Frederico Serra at Take It Easy, Pixable’s Frank Lenhard and Will Fang’s Christian Neuman. Production is set up at Portuguese pubcaster RTP.

Created and directed by emerging talents Guilherme Branquinho and Leone Niel, the TV drama is inspired by real events set at the height of World War II.

The 7-episode, 45-minute TV production follows Celeste, a young orphan girl, accused of conjuring the devil in the isolated town of Aljezur, in the Algarve coast.

Determined to prove her innocence, she’ll hunt down the witch that haunts her community, only to reveal the true evil behind the growing Nazi presence in the south of Portugal.

Celeste’s role is played by actress Leonor Vasconcelos (“Mal Viver”).  Further cast members are Rui Pedro Silva (“Morangos com Açúcar”), Gonçalo Waddington (“Patrick”), Miguel Guilherme (“Conta-me Como Foi,”) and Fábio Godinho (“Capitani”), among other.

As a project, the TV drama won first prize in the Writing and Script Development Competition organized by Portuguese film agency ICA   sponsored by Netflix and Most Promising Project in 2022 from TV Beats Co-Financing Market in POFF Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

“’Finisterra’ is a project that borrows from several narrative genres — drama, adventure, history, supernatural, horror, war — to explore five main themes in depth: stolen identity, the search for truth, female emancipation, the disillusionment of nationalism, and fear induced by ignorance,” said Take It Easy executive Lydie Tisserand.

At Toledo’s Conecta Fiction, Take It Easy is also looking for international distribution for “Lusitania,” an anthology series which adapts Iberian legends and myths, premiered in November on RTP, and presenting social drama project “Restlessness,”  winner of the RTP Channel development prize at OnSeries Lisboa 2021, co-produced by Luxembourg-based Iris Productions.

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