Adaptation of the first part of the hugely popular Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante, a pseudonym for an author whose real identity was long unknown. They tell an epic story of two working-class girls in post-war Italy: shy Elena Greco and wild Lila Cerrullo. Both are smarter than the other kids, but while Elena has to study hard, Lila is naturally brilliant. Thanks her parents' sacrifices, Elena gradually escapes her background, but Lila has to help out in her father’s shoe shop.

Through the early years of these best friends and the tensions in their surroundings, Ferrante opens a window onto post-war Italy, where a new generation must decide whether to cling to the pain of the fascist past or choose a new future. The eight-part series also shows the difficulties facing young women longing to be free in a patriarchal world.

Tickets for the marathon screening of My Brilliant Friend can be purchased here.

Screenings

  • Thu 31 Jan LantarenVenster 3
    Dutch subtitles
    Tickets
  • Thu 31 Jan LantarenVenster 1
    Dutch subtitles
    Tickets
International title
My Brilliant Friend
Filmmaker
Saverio Costanzo
Premiere
-
Country
Italy, Belgium
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
469’
Language
Italian
Producer
Domenico Procacci, Lorenzo Mieli, Mario Gianani, Nadia Khamlichi
Production Company
Fandango, Wildside SRL, uMedia
Sales
Radio Televisione Italiana (RAI)
Writer
Saverio Costanzo, Elena Ferrante, Laura Paolucci, Francesco Piccolo
Cinematography
Fabio Cianchetti
Editor
Francesca Calvelli
Production Design
Giancarlo Basili
Sound Design
Ronen Nagel
Music
Max Richter
Cast
Valentina Acca, Antonio Buonanno, Gennaro Canonico, Pina Di Gennaro, Sarah Falanga, Luca Gallone, Antonio Milo