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Director Ferrante: – It's like working with a ghost


DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS THE FERRANTE: Director Saviero Costanzo with Lilo (t.v.) and Elena during the HBO series
DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS THE FERRANTE: Director Saviero Costanzo with Lilo (t.v.) and Elena during the HBO series "My Brilliant Friend". He says VG does not know who Ferrante is, although two have written hundreds of emails to each other. Photo: HBO Nordic


Director of CASERTA (VG) Saviero Costanzo (43) worked closely with the mysterious Elena Ferrante on the HBO series "My brilliant friend" – based on the great success of the book – but he never met and described it as a clean nightmare.


"It was like working with the spirit," Kostanzo told VG when we met him at the headquarters in Caserta outside Naples this summer.

Read the VG review of the TV series here: Dice 6!

A complete TV series is a premiere of HBO on Monday and is based on it the first book in the Naples Quartet written by an Italian author who no one knows who is who does not want someone to know who she is – which is written by the pseudonym Elena Ferrante.

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The Italian director, who previously worked on several long films, describes working with an anonymous person as a nightmare.

– It's scary. I've been dreaming about people without a face. Ferrante is a demanding person to work with and she can make me weak. But at the same time, we had a clear and clear relationship. She does not say so much, but she has very clear ideas and has provided good advice on the road, "Costanzo said.

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Vhatsappet one another

He started working with Ferrante two years ago, but since then he has been feeling almost like life. They communicated via e-mail through the Ferrantes publisher, and eventually those who met each other – also through the publisher.


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– I had to quickly access and sent a message to Vhatsapp for the publisher who saw Ferrante for the black publisher – who replied to me. Everything went through the publisher. We probably wrote hundreds of e-mails in this way, Constanzo says, admitting that he was being asked a lot, as was speculated in the media. For example, about Ferrante's sex.


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"Initially, I thought that after all, he began to think about him, and we saw that there was a couple who wrote together. But believe me, we do not know anything about her, and honestly: I do not care, I believe in the reality of the book that writes. this reality is very real.

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But one of the many things he wondered:

"I never asked her about anything personal until I just asked if she smokes. I have to answer that she used to smoke, laughed at the director.

A series was created about friends Elena and Lilil ferrante fever in most of the world's books, and was also a great success in Norway. All three of the four books have been received box 6 VG and the series have a total of 400,000 copies.


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VG took part in the fact that, according to HBO, "the first and last" shootings outside Naples – where they set up a set of over 65,000 square meters in a closed factory. They are shown to us in Elena and Lilas rione – their poor neighborhood in Naples – where everything is painted in a carefully planned cave inspired by Picasso Guernica.

Everything is gray-in-gray, after all, the plan is to become brighter and more colorful. Because four seasons are scheduled for the TV series, one for each book.

"So far we are already known as the biggest film in Europe. We built here what many think Rione Luzzatti in Naples, the only district with a railway station, the view of Vesuvius – and the so-called tunnel where Lila and Elena leave for the first time, says designer on set, Giancarlo Basili, in VG.

They also built a tunnel as well as 14 exteriors for residential buildings. In a factory building, which is about 100 meters long, they built six interiors.

Valentino designed a wedding dress

We like it a lot and SE is permitted, but do not touch or record Lila's wedding dress. Designed by Valentino's chief designer Pierpaolo Piccioli, he must know. And the famous shovel that plays a big role at the end of the first book is Valentino. In this co-production there is a lot of prestige between HBO, Rai Fiction and TIMvision, and not only because of the fact that the series is in Italian.

Finally, we end up in Bar Solari, where Aperol Spritz is served – and we meet director Savier Kostanz and two couples: teenage edition by Lila and Elena and young Lil and Elena, half of the Norwegian Elise del Genio who has a Norwegian mother and an Italian father.

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"These characters are becoming icons, so we have had a lot of pressure to find the right ones to play them. We have illuminated between 8000 girls and we just have to follow the instinct and believe in our taste in the road." I fell in love at these four moments, Costanzo says.

And that's one thing Elena Ferrante was fully aware of in the series:


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"It was very busy with the wedding at the end, and we suggested that everything in the church be kept in the church instead of the restaurant, but Ferrante would return the original banquet in the restaurant. And then at the beginning it was busy that we had to get in the voice that pulled out some mind, because without it we could not understand that everything is connected with revenge. It's not a revenge hatred but love, says Costanzo, who has the history of Ferrante.

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Is Ferrante my mother?

Already in 2007, Ferrante was asked to find out about the film rights of the book, which was named in Norwegian «Dark daughter» – And he got it.

"Although at that time she said she would never do movies anymore, she replied: OK, but only with you. Maybe Ferrante is really my mother, Costanzo laughs.

He worked on the project for six months, but eventually he had to write to Ferrante and said he did not get it. Then many years passed. And two years ago, Ferrante told him to take the quartet in Naples to the screen.

My first thought was: Oh, I'm fine. It's an adventure. I just read the fourth book and I was very engaged. But I really promised myself that I no longer accept the book, because it is so painful for me to be afraid with the readers. But then this is more than just a bestseller. It's part of my story, it felt like a cold, says the director.


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After all these months, Ferrante is still a mystery to Saviero Costanzo:

– I do not even know the mystery here, but it's also a mystery. I think there's something about what everyone has in it. Ferrante puts the words about the feelings that we all have in us.

Psst! "My brilliant friend" consists of eight episodes, and the first episode can be seen by HBO Nordic on Monday, November 19th. The first two episodes "My Brilliant Friend" were shown during the Venice Film Festival for a constant applause – and boasted among others Hollivood Reporter i a variety of.

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