Blending history with artful imagination for “Un Extraño Enemigo”

There are no greater stories to tell than those within Mexican history, and we love nothing more than being able to bring those cultural moments to the screen.

Reimagining moments through film enables us all to bring a creative spin to both the awe-inspiring or heart-breaking times of the past, all the while growing and learning from the events on screen—our work on the new Amazon Prime series, Un Extraño Enemigo, proves just that.

Set amidst the Mexican Movement of 1968—reaching its peak during the infamous Tlatelolco massacre—the political thriller draws inspiration from the real events that took place during the conflicts in Mexico nearly 50 years ago, following the fictitious story of Commander Barrientos (Giménez Cacho), a brilliant yet darkly twisted man who is eager to poach power during one of the most critical years in Mexican history.

The series taps into various points of view during this fight for power, with an incredible cast that includes Daniel Giménez Cacho (Arráncame la vida, Get The Gringo), Kristyan Ferrer (El Infierno, La habitación), Antonio de la Vega (Club de Cuervos), Karina Gidi (Falco) and Fernando Becerril (Sr. Ávila).

Capturing this moment in history meant amping up each and every aspect of production so that viewers were instantly thrusted into the past—the series needed to be real, organic, and be a true reflection of what happened the day of the Tlatelolco massacre. We worked with Gabriel Ripstein to make this project as real and palpable as it could be, ensuring every detail made historical and visual sense.

What was the energy like that day in Mexico? What specific buildings, figures, or items colored the movement 50 years ago? The Lift ensured every type of question was thought through, and that each and every decision related to production design was grounded and factual.

As a final ode to the historical tale, Un Extraño Enemigo will be available exclusively on Prime Video October 2nd—premiering exactly 50 years to the day that the Tlatelolco massacre took place.