The disappearance of the daughter of an important businessman and the arrival of a new drug on the streets are keys to this southern noir. Antonio Gil, Cuca Escribano, Laura Baena Torres and Susana Córdoba, among others, complete the cast of the series shot on location in Malaga.
An unexplained disappearance, an extremely diverse group of protagonists, all with a painful past, and the city of Malaga. The three keys to “Malaka”, the latest reality thriller from La 1 which has been chosen to open the XI edition of the Vitoria FesTVal, getting underway today, Monday 2nd September. Maggie Civantos, Salva Reina and Vicente Romero head up the cast of this hour long serialized drama in which our protagonists strive to settle old scores with their pasts… and with their present.
Produced by RTVE in association with Globomedia (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO), Malaka begins with the disappearance of an important local Malaga-born businessman’s daughter. The Andalusian city takes on the role of an additional cast member in what has been described as a ‘warts and all’ look at the city, with everything from the bright lights of high society to the very underbelly of the underworld producing the drug.
The series features a formidable cast, a great many of who are native Andalusian’s: Cuca Escribano, Antonio Gil, Laura Baena Torres, Susana Córdoba, Alejandro Casaseca, Manuel Morón, Víctor Castilla, Emilio Palacios, Ignacio Mateos, Héctor Medina, Pilar Gómez, Helena Kaittani, and Naomi Ruiz. The nuts and bolts of society’s landscape; wealthy businessmen and young people, mafia clan capos and petty criminals.
Created by Daniel Corpas (Yo soy Bea, Lo que me contaron los muertos, Bajo el mismo techo) and Samuel Pinazo (Topos, Las tetas de mi madre), directed by Marc Vigil (The Ministry of Time, Red Eagle, Locked Up, Aída, 7 Lives), Malaka originated in the 2018 SGAE Workshops. The drama is supervised by Javier Olivares (The Ministry of Time), showrunner and co-producer, and with Jordi Calafí as script coordinator.
Characters with a painful past
Blanca Gámez (Maggie Civantos), only child and daughter of legendary Police Chief Gámez, poised, intelligent, calm and straight-talking. But nobody in Malaga knows why she has decided to return to her hometown after spending her entire working-life in Madrid. She may be an elite Inspector, but she’s got a lot to learn about what the real world is like.
Darío Arjona (Salva Reina) has no doubt in his mind “Someone has to get dirty to keep everything clean”, the soundbite that best defines his moral compass and its flexibility. Dario is a Police Inspector who navigates skillfully around the city’s grimiest neighborhoods that spawned him and his type. With one foot in the world of corruption, he fights to maintain the status quo in the drug market.
These are two very different Police Inspectors, but who share a complicated past as more is revealed to us in each episode.
Joaquín Romero ‘Quino’ (Vicente Romero) joins Blanca and Darío in their inquiries into Noelia’s disappearance. The ex-cop turned private detective handed in his badge a long time ago. A murky affair he prefers not to discuss.
An unexplained disappearance…
Noelia’s disappearance is the starting point for Malaka. A young loner, in love with oriental mysticism and nature, the daughter of Germán Castañeda, an important local businessman. The investigation into her disappearance begins to reveal unimaginable connections and secrets.
Oro, a new drug that comes in the form of a gold ingot, unleashes a gang-war between rival clans who run drug trafficking. Among these, boss of the Los Cucos clan, La Tota rules with an iron fist.
But, who really is Noelia? Who benefits from flooding the streets of society’s underbelly with the strange yellow pollen? These are just some of the questions Inspectors Darío and Blanca with Detective Quino will be forced to find answers to.
Malaga, an additional member of the cast
Filming for Malaka took place in partnership with the City of Malaga between April and July of this year. The capital of the Costa del Sol was host to and backdrop for scenes filmed on location at some of Malaga’s best-known natural interior and exterior beauty spots, taking in a varied route including emblematic spots like the Paseo de los Curas, the Alameda Principal and Avenida de Cervantes, in addition to the Puerto del Condado and the Cerrado de Calderón district.
Other well-known locations featured include the Perchel bridge over the Guadalmedina river, Balneario Los Baños del Carmen, former Provincial Prison, and the area surrounding the Albéniz cinema in the Alcazaba neighborhood.