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“María Marta: the country crime”: who is who in the new HBO series

The murder of María Marta García Belsunce occurred in 2002 at her home in El Carmel. (HBO)

Today, July 17, arrives on the screen of HBO the first episode of the series María Marta: the crime of country, which will be broadcast weekly, and in turn all the episodes will be available on the platform HBOMax.

It was undoubtedly one of the cases that most interested Argentine public opinion and also the media, which dedicated thousands of newspaper covers and hours of television broadcasts to it. María Marta García Belsunce lived with her husband Carlos Carrascosa in the country El Carmel. One Sunday the woman was playing a tennis match with a friend but a rain interrupted the game. So, she went to the house of her brother-in-law Guillermo Bártoli, married to her sister Irene, she had a coffee and decided to return to her house to take a bath and wait for the masseuse. Her husband and the rest of the family stayed at Irene’s house watching a soccer match between Boca and River.

The complete cast of the series that begins this Sunday, July 17.  (HBO)
The complete cast of the series that begins this Sunday, July 17. (HBO)

From here the found versions begin. The truth is that María Marta was found dead in the bathroom of her house. What they initially thought was an accidental death (they thought the woman had hit herself with the bathtub faucet) turned out to be murder. Six bullet wounds were found in the woman’s skull.

Now comes this fictionalized version of the series that recreates the actions of many characters involved in the event, which is why it is important to review who’s who in the series.

Laura Novoa as Maria Marta Garcia Belsunce.  (HBO)
Laura Novoa as Maria Marta Garcia Belsunce. (HBO)

Laura Nova plays the victim, María Marta Garcia Belsunce. Loved by all, María Marta was described as a woman of great character, active and affectionate. She was an active member of the Missing Children association. She was married many years ago to Carlos Carrascosa, with whom she had no children and she was very close to her family. Who could have been able to kill her with such viciousness? The media and justice did not stop speculating and took the family as the central axis.

Jorge Marrale as Carlos Carrascosa.  (HBO)
Jorge Marrale as Carlos Carrascosa. (HBO)

Jorge Marral plays Carlos Carrascosa (the husband). Fat, as he is called in his inner circle, is a quiet man, with an acid and affectionate humor with his acquaintances. He is not very demonstrative and did not give many statements to the media at the time of the crime. He will go from being the successful man with a very comfortable life, to being the target of all suspicions. His little empathy with the people who put themselves in the role of judges was going to play against him.

Nicolás Francella is Matías Centeno.  (HBO)
Nicolás Francella is Matías Centeno. (HBO)

Nicholas Francella gives life to Matías Centeno (the neighbor with the real name of Nicolás Pachelo), who was and still is linked to the event. He was not a well-liked person in the country and was listed as “persona non grata”. He has an explosive manner and a clear tendency to break the rules and the law. Rye becomes the first suspect for the family.

Carlos Belloso as Horacio Garcia Belsunce.  (HBO)
Carlos Belloso as Horacio Garcia Belsunce. (HBO)

Carlos Belloso is Horacio García Belsunce, one of María Marta’s brothers. Horacio is a lawyer, but his true passion is the media. From a wealthy family and with access to different media, he will not rest until he solves the crime of his sister and erases the suspicions that fall on his family. Will he be able to arouse sympathy by going to different interviews in the most important media?

Guillermo Arengo as Guillermo Bartoli.  (HBO)
Guillermo Arengo as Guillermo Bartoli. (HBO)

William Arengo plays Guillermo Bártoli, the brother-in-law married to Irene Hurtig and neighbor of María Marta and Carlos in the country. He is another of those identified as a suspect in the woman’s crime. This will have a huge impact on his mood and will most likely lead to illness.

Muriel Santana as Belén Franessi.  (HBO)
Muriel Santana as Belén Franessi. (HBO)

Muriel Santa Ana is Belén Franessi (blogger/researcher), anesthesiologist and very analytical. Belu has been the victim of a malpractice lawsuit so she knows the tricks of the legal system to put together a case and find guilty without justice or truth. From this personal experience she starts a blog to prove the innocence of Carlos Carrascosa and has the help of Juani (Valeria Lois).

Mike Amigorena is Marco del Rio.  (HBO)
Mike Amigorena is Marco del Rio. (HBO)

Mike Amigorena is Marcos del Río, a young prosecutor who feels overwhelmed by his family’s access to power. He has no doubts that it was a murder and will do everything possible to prove that the family is involved.

Esteban Bigliardi as John Hurtig.  (HBO)
Esteban Bigliardi as John Hurtig. (HBO)

Esteban Bigliardi It’s John Hurtig. He is the youngest of her brothers and the first to suspect that María Marta was killed and it was not an accident. A little impulsive many times, he will be the one to complicate the family situation.

Ana Celentano is Irene Hurtig.  (HBO)
Ana Celentano is Irene Hurtig. (HBO)

Ana Celentano is Irene Hurtig. She presents herself as a woman who has the ideal life: a good husband, two children, the house of her dreams, the social activity that she always dreamed of. But the death of her sister puts everything in check and she understands that the only way to play that game is to understand the rules. Will it be enough to learn law to be able to defend her family?

The series is directed by Daniela Goggi and it is a production of Warner Bros. Discovery Latin America made by Pol-ka for hbomax, with script of Martin Mendez In collaboration with German Loza.

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