Netflix has ordered another Spanish film, My Dearest Señorita, and unveiled a first look at upcoming drama series Superstar at an event in Madrid.
My Dearest Señorita, produced by Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi, is an adaptation of the 1972 Oscar-nominated film of the same name directed by Jaime de Arimañán, who co-wrote the script with José Luis Borau starring José Luis López Vázquez.
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The 1970s film was a romantic drama that explored themes of intersexuality, and was one of very few to tackle sexual orientation in General Franco’s ultra-conservative Spain. It was nominated the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film at the 1973 Oscars.
“My Dearest Señorita is an adaptation,” said Calvo and Ambrossi in a statement. “Times have changed, and we believe it is a good time to revisit this story, a story of gender identity and wonderful, mainstream love. The creative challenge is how far we can update it without losing the essence.”
Calvo and Ambrossi are also producing Superstar, a drama series from Nacho Vigalondo about the artistic beginnings of singer Yurena. Netflix provided a first-look at its content showcase today.
Superstar stars Ingrid García-Jonsson as Tamara (now known as Yurena), Natalia de Molina as Loly Álvarez, Secun de la Rosa as Leonardo Dantés, Pepón Nieto as Tony Genil, Carlos Areces as Paco Porras, Julián Villagrán as Arlequín and Rocío Ibáñez as be Margarita Seisdedos, Tamara’s mother.
Ambrossi said the project “represents television as a double-edged sword, the triumph of anti-heroes,” while Calvo added: “We wanted to do something wild, crazy, because it was a time of change in Spain. There were no rules, you could do anything on television.”
Also unveiled today at the Netflix Spain event is a docu-series about Spanish socialite Tita Cervera, the aka Baroness Thyssen. She attended in person to announce the untitled show, which will be made by Komodo Studios (Soy Georgina).
“It is the moment to tell my life from the beginning,” said Cervera. “I am very happy and excited that Netflix has thought of me for this.”
Netflix also showcased a variety of U.S., Spanish and international titles for 2024. Similar Next on Netflix 2024 Series & Film Previews have been held in LA and in the MENA region in the past 24 hours.
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