The Netflix Italy series includes the Elena Ferrante series with Valeria Golino
Netflix is moving forward with its adaptation of the Elena Ferrante series, “The Lying Life of Adults”, which will begin filming in Naples in October with Neapolitan director Edoardo De Angelis (“Indivisible”) and Valeria Golino playing a role of foreground.
“Lying Life of Adults” leads a list of projects for Netflix Italian original series – several of which are literary adaptations – which were announced in Rome on Thursday by Eleonora “Tinny” Andreatta on her first press meeting since joining the streaming giant last year as vice president of the Italian original series after a long stint at the head of fiction on the Italian public channel RAI.
Golino, who kicked off her acting career in Hollywood with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in Barry Levinson’s “Rain Man”, which will soon be seen by American audiences in Apple Original Season 2 “The Morning Show”.
In “The liar life”, Golino will play Vittoria, whom Andreatta has described as the “sometimes vulgar” Neapolitan aunt of the young protagonist of the story named Giovanna, who will be played by a newcomer whose name is still kept a secret.
The book Ferrante portrays Giovanna’s transition from childhood to adolescence during the 1990s in a Naples that is in fact two related cities that fear and hate each other: the Naples upper crust of the upper quarters, where a mask of refinement is worn, and the Naples of its more vulgar and exciting lower quarters where her scheming Aunt Vittoria lives.
“Lying Life” has very different characteristics from “My Brilliant Friend,” starting with the period, said Andreatta, who was instrumental in running this HBO / RAI show while on public television.
Andreatta also pointed out that De Angelis, who caused an international sensation in 2016 with “Invisible”, a drama about Neapolitan Siamese twin sisters, puts his distinctly dreamy but grotesque imprint on the six episodes “Lying Life of Adults” that De Angelis co-wrote with Laura Paolucci and Francesco Piccolo – both scribes on “Brilliant Friend” – as well as with Ferrante herself. As previously announced, the new adaptation of Ferrante is being produced for Netflix by Domenico Procacci’s Fandango.
As for the vision of Andreatta, the best Italian director of Netflix series made his debut with the press noting that “Italy is still known to the world as the land of sun and good food, and good-looking men. in longshoremen “. But that’s not what she wants the country’s scripted narratives to describe.
“What we want to do is tell an Italy outside of stereotypes,” she said, noting that “we have a responsibility to understand and represent what is different” and to “really tell who we are. [Italians] are and what our country is in all its complexity and richness; its beauty but also the dark aspects.
Andreatta vowed to “break cultural taboos” and “give a voice to themes that have not been represented [so far] because they were blocked.
In terms of total production of scripted content, Andreatta said Netflix Italy will drop eight new and old Italian originals in 2022 and 12 in 2023.
Here are the new Netflix Italian Original shows at different stages that have been announced:
Lidia Poët (working title) – Rising Italian star Matilda De Angelis (“The Undoing”) will play the main character of this procedural series that recreates the true story of the Italian woman who, at the end of the 19th century, in Turin, fought a legal battle for be allowed to practice as a lawyer after he was prohibited from doing so by a court decision. Lidia Poët thus becomes the first female lawyer in Italy. Matteo Rovere (“Romulus”) will co-direct with Letizia Lamartire (“Baby”). Rovere’s Groanlandia shingle is in production.
Tutto Chiede Salvezza –– A comedy-drama based on an award-winning Italian novel about a very depressed teenage boy named Daniele who, after a power outage, finds himself in a psychiatric treatment ward where he is forced to stay with five other young people in a similar situation and the bond they maintain form. Directed by teenage comedy specialist Francesco Bruni (“Everything’s gonna be okay”) and starring Federico Cesari (“Skam Italia”) as Daniele. The title roughly translates to “Everything says: ‘Save me’. Picomedia (“The Catholic School”) is in the process of producing.
Nemesis –– A drama that explores the question of “nature versus culture” through the story of a woman named Diana who is a successful self-taught lawyer and is hired to defend a very wealthy Milanese entrepreneur accused of having killed his wife. Dealing with this complicated matter takes Diana to delve into her past and explore to what extent our destiny is the result of our genes and to what extent is due to the world we grew up in. The series is created by Alessandro Fabbri (“The double hour) Ludovica Rampoldi (” Gomorrah “) and Stefano Sardo (” 1994 “). No director is attached. Indigo Film (“La Grande Beauté”) is in the process of producing.
Briganti –– A feminist epic set in southern Italy in the 19th century involving a woman named Filomena who joins a group of bandits and pursues a treasure of gold bars stolen from a Sicilian bank by Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi. The show, inspired by real characters, is written by the collective of young Italian writers known as GRAMS who wrote the Italian Netflix show “Baby” and produced by Fabula who produced “Baby”.