The film and entertainment production division of Grupo Secuoya, together with Tiki Group (Chile-Mexico) will produce the first fiction series shot on Easter Island, one of the most extraordinary places in the world.
Traditionally known by the name Rapa Nui, it is the most remote inhabited island in the world, located 3,700 kilometers from the Chilean coast and designated a World Heritage Site for housing the monumental Moai (sculptures with human faces) and keeping alive the primitive Polynesian culture. This will be the setting for “La Isla”, an eight-episode thriller of fifty minutes each, that will show this spectacular location to everyone.
Producers David Martínez (Secuoya Studios) and Miguel Asensio (Tiki Group) have reached an agreement to produce this series that focuses on the disappearance of a Spanish tourist and the subsequent efforts of her best friend and a Rapa Nui ex-cop to find her in this magical and mysterious place.
It will have a cast composed of international actors (Spanish and Latin American) and will be directed by Guillermo Amoedo. It is one of the new voices of Latin American genre cinema whose debut in 2014 – “The Stranger” – won the award for Best Ibero-American Film in Sitges and was acquired by IFC for the United States.
“La Isla” is also written by an exceptional team: the recently nominated Goya, Eligio Montero (“Buñuel en el Laberinto de las Tortugas”, “Gran Hotel”, “Hierro” and “Gran Reserva”) and the blockbuster Chilean black novelist and director, Boris Quercia (author of the trilogy starring detective Santiago Quiñones and who won him the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and the feature film “Sexo con Amor”.)
Secuoya Studios is the area dedicated to the film and entertainment production of Grupo Secuoya, the leading Spanish company in the creation, production and distribution of audiovisual and digital content.
It leads the transformation of the audiovisual industry in six countries: Colombia, Chile, Peru, Mexico and the United States, as well as having an executive presence throughout the Spanish national territory.
For his part, David Martínez has developed in the last fifteen years a brilliant career in the audiovisual sector as Fiction Director of TVE and Mediaset as well as producer in Morena TV, Voz Audiovisual and Filmanova.
Miguel Asensio is one of the most successful producers in Latin America. In his credit he has titles such as “Sin Filtro”, the second most viewed film in the history of Chilean cinema (1.3 million viewers and remakes in Spain, Mexico, Italy, Argentina, Panama, Paraguay, South Korea and Peru); “Hazlo como Hombre”, the most-watched Mexican film of 2017 with 4.3 million viewers; “No estoy Loca” the most-watched Chilean title of 2018 and the Peruvian box office success “Recontraloca”, which was 2019 as the second most viewed of the year.
The entire Rapa Nui Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site so the permits to shoot are very restricted. So far only two nominations have been filmed on this small South Pacific island: the film “Rapa Nui” produced by Kevin Kostner in 1994 and scenes from the television series “Loana” in 1998. Since then, permits have been banned to this day.
Tiki Group has obtained permission to film in this enclave, being able to access even corners of the island never filmed and becoming the first fictional series filmed.