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HBO Max Previews Valley of Tears and Veneno

HBO Max has previewed two of its upcoming originals: Valley of Tears, premiering on the streaming service on Thursday, November 12; and Veneno, launching on Thursday, November 19.

Valley of Tears is a harrowing, ten-episode limited drama series inspired by the true events of the 1973 Yom Kippur War in Israel. Leading up to the ultimate battle, the series follows young combatants thrust into a war that was later revealed could have been avoided by leaders they blindly trusted.

Valley of Tears focuses on the universality of heroism and sacrifice through four unique and intertwined stories: a famous bohemian television star in search of his estranged son, a newly enlisted soldier; a commander and his newly befriended intelligence analyst; tank crewman who represent Israel’s Black Panthers social justice reform movement; and a female officer who refuses to leave the battlefields, disobeying direct orders to evacuate.

Shot at the actual location of the war, these intimate portraitures highlight the tension, anxieties and sentiments of the country’s people through a magnified lens, with the unprecedented outcome of an unlikely victory.

Valley of Tears is a Max Original co-produced with WestEnd Films, United King and Endemol Israel. It will broadcast first on the Israeli broadcaster KAN and will stream exclusively on HBO Max beginning with two episodes premiering mid-November, and two episodes weekly for four weeks.

The show will be presented in both its native language of Hebrew (with subtitles) and English (dubbed).

The series stars Lior Ashkenazi (Foxtrot), Aviv Alush (The Shack), Lee Biran, Shahar Taboch, Joy Rieger, Ofer Hayoun (Euphoria), Imri Biton (Just for Today) and Maor Schwitzer (Shtisel).

The series was created and written by Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen, Yaron Zilberman, and Daniel Amse. Directed by Yaron Zilberman, it is executive produced by Sharon Harel-Cohen, Maya Amsellem, Moshe Edery, Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen, Amir Ganor, and Eldad Koblentz.

Veneno will launch on HBO Max on Thursday, Nov. 19, to commemorate Transgender Awareness Week (Nov. 13-Nov 19) as well as Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20).

Based on the memoir by Valeria Vegas Not A Whore, Not A Saint: The Memories of La Veneno, Spanish creators and directors Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrosi aka “Los Javis” bring the most beloved transgender icon of the 90s, Cristina Ortiz (La Veneno) to 2020.

The series follows Valeria, a young journalism student who discovers she has more in common with La Veneno than she thought. The two women were born in very different times, but their stories become intertwined when Valeria writes a book about La Veneno. Through learning more about her, Valeria discovers her chosen family, how to love herself, and the impact of mass media in the life of an enigmatic entertainer.

Veneno is a co-production between Atresmedia Studios, Suma Latina and HBO Max. The show stars Isabel Torres, Daniela Santiago, Lola Rodriguez, Paca la Piraña, Goya Toledo, Ester Exposito, Jedet Sánchez and Lola Dueñas.


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