‘Elite’, Spain’s current biggest TV show, sets the bar high in Malaga
SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read if you haven’t watched the ‘Elite’ season 4 finale.
Except Cannes, most film festivals have a TV section. So the biggest event of a now very big Malaga film festival also happened on the second day of the proceedings; the presentation of the next season 5 of “Elite”, the second most watched series franchise in Spanish on the streaming giant, after “Money Heist”, which still says something.
Málaga focuses on Spanish and Latin American cinema and television. So the biggest global stars of this year’s event could well be among the ranks of the Season 5 cast that traveled to Malaga.
A photo of the bay cast captures much of this season’s ensemble, including newcomers Valentina Zenere, who plays Isadora, the young heiress to a massive nightlife business empire, and André Lamoglia in the role of Iván, son of the biggest football star in the world.
Omar Ayuso (Omar), with Itzan Escamilla (Samuel) the only actor to survive the entire series, also made the photocall.
Also in attendance were series mainstays Claudia Salas (Rebeca) and Georgina Amorós (Cayetana), along with Carla Díaz (Ari), Martina Cariddi (Mencía), Manu Ríos (Patrick) and Pol Granch (Phillipe).
Netflix used the event to drop new photos from the show and take a five-minute peek at Episode 1, which bows like the rest of Season 5 on April 8.
Released in June 2021, season 4 ended — in spectacular fashion as always for “Elite” — with Guzmán killing a man called Armando who attacked his girlfriend Ari. Guzmán, Samuel and Rebeka throw his body into the water at the end of a jetty. Guzmán then visits Ari in the hospital and breaks off the relationship, so she can be with Samuel.
The streaming giant also took advantage of the event to reiterate the first plot details, unveiled a few days ago but which caused more noise in the Spanish than English media:
“A new season is coming to Las Encinas with so many companies to attend. After Phillipe’s fateful New Year’s Eve party and Guzman’s escape, the secret of Armando’s death could destroy the love story between Samuel and Ari. Meanwhile, Rebeca goes through a process of self-discovery, while Omar recovers from his separation from Ander; moreover, the appearance of Adam Nourou, winner of the Goya for best new actor for the film “Adú”, which will play Bilal, will complicate his relationship with Samuel.
Season 5 also includes “Philippe’s admission of abuse, Patrick’s anger issues, Benjamin’s desires for revenge, a gift from Armando to Mencia that could destroy ‘the benjamins’ [Ari, Mencia and Patrick]a pact of silence between Samuel and Rebeca that does not last long, leading to the worst consequences…”
This description confirms the experts who suggested before plot details were revealed that season 5 should logically explore the enormous collateral damage of Armando’s murder by Guzmán.
Several other deductions: Having taken off, Miguel Benardeau, who plays Guzmán, seems unlikely to appear in season 5, having spent much of the last year filming Netflix’s “1899,” from “Dark’s” Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar.
Carlos Montero, the series’ original co-creator, returns for Season 5, along with Jaime Vaca, for what promises more than ever to be an unapologetic blend of sleek, structured high school crime thriller and Latin American melodrama. , gendered for modern times.
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