MOD PRODUCTIONS

 

MOD was founded in 2007 by Fernando Bovaira. During his long professional career, Fernando has been the person responsible for some of the most successful titles of Spanish cinematography: Los otros (The Others), Mar adentro (The Sea Inside) (winner of the Oscar® award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2005) by Alejandro Amenábar, La gran aventura de Mortadelo y Filemón (Mortadelo & Filemón: The Big Adventure) by Javier Fesser, Lucía y el sexo (Sex and Lucía) by Julio Medem, or La lengua de las mariposas (Butterfly's Tongue) by José Luis Cuerda, among others.

 

In this context of high quality and box-office successes, in 2009, MOD produced its first film: Agora by Alejandro Amenábar. Premiered in Cannes, Agora was the highest-grossing film of that year, earning over 21 million euros and with almost three and a half million tickets sold. After that, MOD continued to expand its filmography with Biutiful by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (winner of the award for Best Actor in Cannes for Javier Bardem and nominee to the Oscar® awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Leading Actor); Caníbal (Cannibal) by Manuel Martín Cuenca, a European coproduction project that attracted the interest of many international film festivals; La gran familia española (Family United) and Primos (Cousinhood), both by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo; Promoción fantasma (Ghost Graduation) by Javier Ruiz Caldera; El mal ajeno (For the Good of Others) and Zipi y Zape y el club de la canica (Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang), both by Oskar Santos; and Fin (The End), the first film directed by Jorge Torregrossa. 

 

In 2015, MOD premiered Alejandro Amenábar’s Regresión (Regression), which earned over 9 million euros in cinemas and sold over a million tickets in Spain. 2016 was the year of Zipi y Zape y la isla del capitán (Zip & Zap and the Captain’s Island), the second part of the adventures of these two young troublemakers, by Oskar Santos, and also the year of the comedy Cuerpo de élite (Heroes Wanted), debut film of Joaquín Mazón and one of the biggest box-office successes of the year, once again with over a million tickets sold in cinemas throughout the country. More recently, MOD produced La tribu (The Tribe), directed by Fernando Colomo and starring Paco León and Carmen Machi, which earned over 6 million euros in cinemas. Los demás días (All the Other Days), by Carlos Agulló, was MOD’s first documentary feature, premiered in the Seville Festival and critically acclaimed. 

 

For television, MOD produced Crematorio (Crematorium) for Canal+, the first premium series made in Spain, based on the novel of the same title by Rafael Chirbes, and winner of the Ondas award for Best Series of the Year 2011 and of the Spanish Critics Award for Best Series of the Year. In 2013, the miniseries Niños robados was premiered with great success in Mediaset. This was a miniseries about the theft of babies occurred in Spain during the 1970s, starring Blanca Portillo and Adriana Ugarte and directed by Salvador Cano. It achieved a 22.2% of share. Also by that same director, MOD produced Lo que escondían sus ojos, with Blanca Suárez and Rubén Cortada in the leading roles. This series was premiered in 2016 with an audience of over 3 million viewers and an average share of 19%. 2018 was the launching year of El día de mañana (What the Future Holds), an adaptation for Movistar+ of the novel of the same title by Ignacio Martínez de Pisón. This limited series was directed by Mariano Barroso, and very warmly received by both critics and audience. It won two Ondas® awards for Leading Actor and Actress for Oriol Pla and Aura Garrido. In 2019, the company produced for Atresmedia its first series for a free-to-air TV channel: Cuerpo de élite (Heroes Wanted), which was premiered with a spectacular share of 24.6% and over 4 million viewers, and kept an average share of 16.6% during its 13 episodes.

 

2019 saw the premiere of Lo dejo cuando quiera (I Can Quit Whenever I Want), a comedy film directed by Carlos Therón, which earned over 11 million euros in box-offices and sold over 2 million tickets, and also of Alejandro Amenábar’s Mientras dure la guerra (While at War), which thanks to its over 2 million viewers and 5 Goya awards, became one of the most relevant titles of the year. Some months later arrived La odisea de los Giles (Heroic Losers), directed by Sebastián Borensztein and most recent winner of the Goya award for Best Latin American Film.

 

Among the projects in post-production we find La hija (The Daughter), the new feature film of Manuel Martín Cuenca, starring Javier Gutiérrez and Patricia López Arnaiz. Finally, MOD is shooting for Movistar+, in co-production with AMC, one of the most ambitious projects of Spanish television production: La Fortuna, a miniseries inspired in the comic book El tesoro del cisne negro by Paco Roca and Guillermo Corral, which will be the first television fiction work of Alejandro Amenábar.