My Bril­liant Friend is ‘like flower blos­som’

Irish Sunday Mirror - - TALK TV -

Trans­fer­ring a book se­ries as iconic as Elena Fer­rante’s Neapoli­tan nov­els was al­ways go­ing to be risky busi­ness but it has stayed faith­ful to the orig­i­nal.

My Bril­liant Friend, a co-pro­duc­tion be­tween HBO and Italy’s Rai Fic­tion and Timvi­sion, suc­ceeds in bring­ing the Naples neigh­bour­hood it’s set in to life.

Best-sell­ing au­thor Fer­rante, who first re­leased her nov­els anony­mously, acted as con­sul­tant to the pro­duc­tion team.

Ital­ian director Save­rio Costanzo wrote to the au­thor in 2007 ask­ing if he could adapt the story and was more than de­lighted to get his wish a decade later.

He said: “Wit­ness­ing Fer­rante’s pages be­ing brought to life was like see­ing a flower blos­som.”

My Bril­liant Friend airs on Sky At­lantic on Mon­days at 9pm.

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