FremantleMedia and Canal+ partner on My Brilliant Friend

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FremantleMedia International proudly announces its first pre-sale of the much anticipated drama My Brilliant Friend to the Canal+ Group for France and French-speaking territories.


The eight-part drama based on Elena Ferrante’s sensational bestselling book of the same name is directed by Saverio Costanzo (Private, The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Hungry Hearts) and is currently in production in Italy. My Brilliant Friend is a HBO, Rai Fiction and TIMVISION series, and will be the first of the Elena Ferrante novels centering on the lives of Elena Greco and Rafaella Cerullo to be brought to screen.

Gérald-Brice Viret, EVP CANAL+ TV Channels said: “We are very delighted to be adding My Brilliant Friend to our line-up of foreign drama. We are excited to bring this series to our subscribers: Elena Ferrante’s saga is a huge success in France as it is worldwide, and the series is produced by a team of renowned talents.”

Al De Azpiazu, VP of Sales & Distribution for Western Europe, FremantleMedia International said: “We’re proud to have partnered with Canal+ to bring this hugely ambitious, emotional and awaited series to French audiences. Elena Ferrante is one of the biggest contemporary writers of our time who has amassed a legion of global fans, we’re all excited to see Elena and Rafaella’s story play out on screen.”

When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. She met Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives as she tries to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and – in a way – her best friend, her worst enemy.

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