Netflix Spain is partnering with renowned Spanish filmmakers Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo, known as Los Javis, to produce a modern adaptation of the 1973 Academy Award-nominated Spanish classic, “My Dearest Señorita.” This exciting announcement was made during Netflix’s Next showcase event held in Madrid.
The original film, directed by Jaime de Armiñán and co-written with José Luis Borau, starred the prominent Spanish comedian José Luis López Vázquez. It told the story of a middle-aged woman with an unusual talent for soccer who undergoes a transformation and starts a romantic relationship with her former maid when she was still a woman. The film used this gender change as a way to comment on the limited options available to women in the early 1970s – either solitude or servitude.
Los Javis, in their modern adaptation, aim to explore the implications of this story further, particularly considering it was originally made during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. They acknowledge the changing times and the importance of revisiting a narrative centered around gender identity and mainstream love. They expressed their commitment to preserving the essence of the story while updating it to reflect contemporary perspectives.
During the Next on Netflix presentation, Javier Ambrossi mentioned that this film is just the beginning of a series of movies they plan to announce soon.
In addition to this movie adaptation, Netflix also revealed a docu-reality series titled “The Thyssen Baroness.” This series will provide an intimate look into the life of Tita Cervera, a former Miss Spain 1961 socialite, art collector, and the fifth wife of Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Baron Thyssen. The series, produced by Komodo Studios, aims to answer questions that the public has had about the Baroness’s life over the past seven decades. Tita Cervera expressed her excitement and gratitude for Netflix’s interest in sharing her life story with the world.
Netflix Spain, ‘Veneno’ Creators Los Javis Set Modern-Day Makeover of Before-Its-Time Spanish Comedy ‘My Dearest Señorita’ https://t.co/0pCGc66K7u
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These announcements demonstrate Netflix’s commitment to producing diverse and compelling content, both in the realm of film and documentary series. Source