"Cuatro estaciones en La Habana" (Four Seasons in Havana) was honored Friday as the best miniseries or TV series at the 4th Platino Prizes for Ibero-American Cinema gala being held in Madrid.
Both the director of the series, Spain's Felix Viscarret, and one of the starring actors, the Cuban Jorge Perugorria, wished to dedicate the award to Cuban writer Leonardo Padura, who received in 2015 the Princess Asturias Prize for Literature and on whose novels this Spanish-Cuban coproduction is based.
"I also dedicate it to Havana, which is the setting of this story and of my life," Perugorria said about a production with a cast of more than 80 actors.
A great team that likes to "talk about things on both sides of the sea" and "open windows so we can hear the same language with a different accent," he said.
"Cuatro estaciones en La Habana" is a group of four police procedurals: "Vientos de Cuaresma" (Winds of Lent), "Pasado perfecto" (Past Perfect), "Mascaras" (Masks) and "Paisaje de otoño" (Autumn Landscape), which portray the life of the leading character, Lieutenant Detective Mario Conde, a fairly unorthodox cop who tends to get involved in his investigations in a human, sentimental way.
And so it was that in a category making its debut in the 4th Platino Prizes, "Cuatro estaciones en La Habana" came out on top of "El marginal" (Argentina), "Bala loca" (Chile), "La niña" (Colombia) and the two Spanish series "El ministerio del tiempo" and "Velvet.