30 Coins (2020– )

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30 Coins (TV Series 2020– )
30 Monedas (original title)

Father Vergara, an exorcist, boxer, and ex-convict who is exiled by the church to be the priest of a remote town in Spain. As his past and old enemies come back to haunt him, strange things begin to happen. An unlikely task force forms as Mayor Paco and local vet Elena seek the truth, while reality is distorted by a cursed coin which is at the heart of a global conspiracy.
Spain
IMDb   7.2 /10
TheMovieDb    7.1 /10
RottenTomatoes
FilmAffinity   6.4 /10
Creators
Creator Álex de la Iglesia
Creator Jorge Guerricaechevarría
Information
Release Date2021-01-04
Runtime
GenreDrama, Fantasy, Horror
Content RatingTV-MA (TV-MA)
Awards1 win & 8 nominations
CompanyGreenlit Productions, Pokeepsie Films
CountrySpain
LanguageSpanish
Padre Vergaraas Padre Vergara
Elenaas Elena
Mercheas Merche
Sargento Lagunasas Sargento Lagunas
Cardenal Santoroas Cardenal Santoro
Angeloas Angelo
Enriqueas Enrique
Álvaro Manso
Álvaro Manso
Románas Román
Beatriz Olivares
Beatriz Olivares
Isabelas Isabel
Marceloas Marcelo
Antonioas Antonio
Nacho Braun
Nacho Braun
Juan Carlosas Juan Carlos
Pat Aguiló
Pat Aguiló
Remediosas Remedios
Lola Rojo
Lola Rojo
Consueloas Consuelo
Curroas Curro
Felisaas Felisa
Lagrangeas Lagrange

30 Coins

30 Coins (Spanish: 30 monedas) is a Spanish mystery horror television series created by Álex de la Iglesia for HBO Europe. Directed and written by De la Iglesia and co-written by Jorge Guerricaechevarría, the series follows Father Vergara, an exorcist who is exiled by the church to Pedraza, a remote village in Spain where he hopes he is forgotten by his enemies.

The series premiered on November 29, 2020 on HBO Europe. Filming for the second season will reportedly begin in autumn of 2021.


Synopsis

Father Vergara is an exorcist and ex-convict residing in the small Spanish town of Pedraza, attempting to move on from a troubled past. However, paranormal phenomena start taking place in the town and he will need the help of Paco, the mayor, and Elena, the town's veterinarian, to figure out a mystery seemingly related to a coin he owns, which might be one of the thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas Iscariot for betraying Jesus and handing him over to the Romans. The three will find themselves caught in the middle of a conspiracy involving the Holy See itself and threatening the world as we know it.


Cast

  • Eduard Fernández as Padre Manuel Vergara (Father Manuel Vergara)
  • Megan Montaner as Elena
  • Miguel Ángel Silvestre as Paco
  • Macarena Gómez as Merche
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  • Pepón Nieto as Sargento Lagunas (Sargeant Lagunas)
  • Manolo Solo as Cardinal Santoro
  • Cosimo Fusco as Angelo.
  • Carmen Machi as Carmen
  • Paco Tous as Jesús
  • Secun de la Rosa as Martín.
  • Javier Bódalo as Antonio (the village idiot).
  • Antonio Velázquez as Roque.
  • Nourdín Batán as Jaime.
  • Carla Campra as Vane.
  • Carla Tous as Sole.
  • Óscar Ortuño as Nacho.
  • Abril Montilla as Elvira.
  • Alberto Bang as Richi.
  • Leonardo Nigro as Sandro.
  • Luigi Diberti as Lombardi.
  • Víctor Clavijo as Mario.
  • Nuria González as Salcedo.
  • Greta Fernández as Miralles.
  • Francisco Reyes as Lagrange.

Production

The series was produced by Pokeepsie Films for HBO Europe, with the participation of HBO Latin America. Álex de la Iglesia and Carolina Bang (on behalf of Pokeepsie Films) and Miguel Salvat, Steve Matthews and Antony Root (on behalf of HBO Europe) were the series' executive producers. The musical score was composed by Roque Baños.

Most of the production took place in Pedraza, province of Segovia. Production also worked in Sepúlveda (also in the province of Segovia), and the Aldeadávila Dam (province of Salamanca). Other brief shooting locations include New York, Jerusalem, Paris, Geneva, Rome, Campo Real, Madrid, and Alcalá de Henares (including outdoor shots).

Some indoor scenes were shot in the Castle of Calatrava la Nueva in Aldea del Rey and the Palace of the Marquis of Santa Cruz in Viso del Marqués, both in the province of Ciudad Real; the Castle of Guadamur (province of Toledo), the library of the Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España and the University of Salamanca's General Historical Library.


Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Cobwebs"
(Telarañas)
Álex de la IglesiaÁlex de la Iglesia and Jorge GuerricaechevarríaNovember 29, 2020
In Geneva, Switzerland a gunman nonchalantly shooting every officer at a bank while shrugging off bullets. In the vault he takes a coin from a safety deposit box. Outside, he is picked up in a car with a sunglass-wearing priest in back. The priest takes the coin, the gunman is an animated corpse. In Pedraza, Spain a cow At the Alonso farm gives birth to a human baby. To prevent bad publicity for the town, Mayor Paco goes with the Elena, the veterinarian who delivered him, and the farm workers to the local priest. Padre Manuel Vergara argues is not the Devil, but that the calf and baby were switched to cover the child of an unwanted pregnancy. A young, devoted homeless man, Antonio, believes the baby is evil and takes him to the roof of the church to kill him. Instead, he gives it to Elena before jumping himself, telling the priest it is for his sins. The Alonsos take the child for safekeeping. Elena finds one of the coins on Antonio. Paco and Elena find out that Manuel caused a boy to die doing an exorcism. Elena confronts the priest about his past, who admins the boy is where he got the coin from. Elena visits the Alonsos, where the husband tells her their son died in an accident as a toddler. His wife, Carmen, sees the boy's birth as a blessing. When Elena goes to his room, the child is as large as Carmen. Later, Carmen is blending liver for the child, making the husband question it all. She repeatedly stabs him. Elena returns with Paco, finding the downstairs covered in cobwebs. Carmen attacks them, taking Paco prisoner while Elena escapes. When Manuel and the police return to the house, the police shoot Carmen in defense. Speaking to Manuel, he advises Elena be rational as she finds the skin the child has shed. Paco and Carmen are taken away in an ambulance. Carmen wakes up and calls her "son" who is now a spider-like monster, causing the ambulance to crash and she escapes. At the church, Manuel readies for the monster with Elena there. A seemingly possessed Carmen arrives and asks Manuel for the coin, saying it is from hell and claiming she was at the exorcism. After shooting Carmen with bullets blessed by holy water, the monster comes for the coin, which Elena has. In their struggle, her phone dials Paco and he tells her to toss a charm Carmen gave her earlier. It drives the monster away. Manuel explains away the events. He then asks Elena for the coin, but she keeps it, repeating his words that it is "just a piece of metal."
2"Ouija"
(Ouija)
Álex de la IglesiaÁlex de la Iglesia and Jorge GuerricaechevarríaDecember 6, 2020
3"The Mirror"
(El espejo)
Álex de la IglesiaÁlex de la Iglesia and Jorge GuerricaechevarríaDecember 13, 2020
4"Memories"
(Recuerdos)
Álex de la IglesiaÁlex de la Iglesia and Jorge GuerricaechevarríaDecember 20, 2020
5"The Double"
(El doble)
Álex de la IglesiaÁlex de la Iglesia and Jorge GuerricaechevarríaDecember 27, 2020
6"Holy War"
(Guerra Santa)
Álex de la IglesiaÁlex de la Iglesia and Jorge GuerricaechevarríaJanuary 3, 2021
7"The Glass Box"
(La caja de cristal)
Álex de la IglesiaÁlex de la Iglesia and Jorge GuerricaechevarríaJanuary 10, 2021
8"Sacrifice"
(Sacrificio)
Álex de la IglesiaÁlex de la Iglesia and Jorge GuerricaechevarríaJanuary 17, 2021

Release

The first episode of the eight-part first season premiered on HBO Europe on 29 November 2020. The rest of the episodes was released on a weekly basis. The series aired in the United States via HBO and HBO Max in 2021, prior to its airing on HBO Latin America.

The first episode was screened at the 77th Venice International Film Festival on September 11, 2020.


Reception

Scout Tafoya of RogerEbert.com found the series entertaining, writing that de la Iglesia and Guerricaechevarría "peddle a Catholic version of the Cosmic Horrors of William Hope Hodgson and H.P. Lovecraft"; "their style a crispy plait of Luis Buñuel and Alex Cox". Rosie Knight of IGN considers that "much of the strength of 30 Coins comes from trio of leads," and that "easily the best thing about the show is that, aside from the horror, it also works as an Indiana Jones-style artifact quest," giving it 8 out of 10. Marissa de la Cerda writing for The A.V. Club writes "the grotesqueries that de la Iglesia is known for are on full display in the phantasmagoric visuals and viscera". She grades it a B, concluding that it "successfully lean into its drama-horror hybrid to underscore the characters’ humanity."

Reviewing for Cinemanía, Miguel Ángel Romero considered De la Iglesia's creation as an immersion in the Lovecraftian universe, and also noted an implicit reference to Nyarlathotep in the season finale. Romero praised Cosimo Fusco's chilling performance and the performances of Eduard Fernández and Manolo Solo in antagonist roles, also welcoming the referencial nature of De la Iglesia's work (inspired by the likes of Antonio Mercero, Ridley Scott and John Carpenter). Among the negative aspects to be improved Romero cited the "particularly calamitous CGI" featured in the last episodes and the disjointed plots.

Accolades

YearAwardCategoryNominee(s)ResultRef.
20218th Feroz AwardsBest Drama Series30 CoinsNominated
Best Main Actor in a TV SeriesEduard FernándezJointly won
with Hovik Keuchkerian
Best Main Actress in a TV SeriesMegan MontanerNominated
Best Supporting Actor in a TV SeriesManolo SoloNominated
Best Supporting Actress in a TV SeriesMacarena GómezNominated
Carmen MachiNominated