Beta Film Picks Up “Simple” by “Arde Madrid” Co-Creator Anna R. Costa

Continuing to tap top series from Spain, Munich-based Beta Film has snapped up international distribution rights to “Simple,” the new dramedy by Anna R. Costa, the co-creator of Movistar Plus+‘s most-binged series, “Arde Madrid.”

Costa’s directorial debut, “Simple” world premiered earlier this week in San Sebastian as a Movistar Plus+ world premiere.

Produced by Movistar Plus+ in collaboration with Destrucción y Salvación, “Simple” turns on four young women in their twenties and thirties, who have reached a milestone in their lives: Sharing an apartment as truly independent adults. The series follows the flat mates, all of whom have disabilities, as they navigate the pressures of adulthood and the absurd norms imposed on them by society.

As Costa asked in a Report Door interview: “How on earth has society relegated certain people to the margins based solely on their gender, race, cognition, forcing them into social isolation, challenging and abusing them just so they can reclaim their sense of belonging? Isn’t it easier for all people to be considered first-class beings, to develop according to their own abilities and desires?”

Inspired by the abstract novel “Lectura Fácil” by Cristina Morales, the series is co-directed by Laura Jou (“Cucut”). The five-episode skein stars award-winning Spanish actresses Natalia de Molina (“Living is Easy With Eyes Closed”) and Anna Castillo (“The Olive Tree”), as well as Anna Marchessi (“Amar en Tiempos Revueltos”) and Coria Castillo .  

Beta has also closed new sales deals with key European partners for its Spanish crime series slate.

It recently sold Movistar Plus+’s most watched show this year, “Rapa,” to Italy’s pubcaster RAI and French pay TV channel Polar+, part of the Canal+ Group. Season 2 of “Rapa” is currently in production. 

“Rapa,” like Hierro, also produced by Movistar Plus+ and Spain’s Portocabo, takes a familiar genre – here, a rural murder mystery – and then tears up the rule book. Javier Cámara, star of Pedro Almodóvar’s “Talk to Her,” plays a cantankerous literary teacher Tomás who teams up with a female officer to solve the murder of their hometown mayor, setting their differences aside.

“Rapa” will celebrate its international premiere at Mipcom on Monday Oct. 17. 

Beta Film also sold Canneseries entry “El Inmortal – Gangs of Madrid” to French pay TV network OCS, to streaming platform Streamz in Belgium, as well as to VOD platform Go3 in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. 

Starring multi-awarded Alex Garcia (“Morocco,” “Riot Police”) as the titular Immortal, the eight-part series chronicles the extraordinary rise of Madrid’s infamous drug cartel ‘Los Miami’ and its charismatic leader. The drama is produced by Movistar Plus+ and Telemundo Int’l Studios in collaboration with DLO Producciones.

Meanwhile, Season 3 of a Beta Film pick up, the action crime series “La Unidad” has now been greenlit. The series transports the Spanish anti-terror unit to the epicenter of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the tumultuous evacuation of Kabul. The series is produced by Movistar Plus+ and Buendía Estudios.

El Inmortal

Courtesy of Movistar Plus+

John Hopewell contributed to this article.