Principal photography began on Netflix’s Coisa Mais Linda this week.
The streaming service’s new Brazilian series takes us back to the 1950s, charting the birth and cultural revolution of Bossa Nova in Rio de Janeiro.
Maria Casadevall (Os Dias Eram Assim, Mulheres Alteradas, I Love Paraisópolis) stars as Maria Luiza, a rich and dutiful woman who has always depended on her father and husband. After being left alone in Rio, against her better judgment — and to the chagrin of her strict father — Maria Luiza decides to stay in the city and dedicate herself to turning her husband’s property into a Bossa Nova club.
This transformation is inspired by liberal and feminist new friends: Adélia, played by Pathy Dejesus (Rua Augusta, Avenida Brasil and Caminhos do Coração); Lígia, played by Fernanda Vasconcellos (3%, Haja Coração, Páginas da Vida) and Thereza, performed by Mel Lisboa (Os Dez Mandamentos, Prata da Casa, Presença de Anita).
The series is produced by Prodigo Films and will feature seven one-hour episodes in its first season. It is created by Heather Roth and Giuliano Cedroni, and written by Pati Corso, Leo Moreira and Luna Grimberg. The producers are Beto Gauss, Francesco Civita and Caito Ortiz, with Ortiz, Hugo Prata and Julia Rezende at the helm.
With filming now underway, Netflix has assembled the rest of its cast, which includes Thaila Ayala as Helô, Leandro Lima as Chico, and Ícaro Silva as Capitão.
Netflix brings back 50s Brazil for Coisa Mais Linda
7th November 2017
Netflix is bringing 1950s Brazil for its latest original series.
Featuring one of the most notable eras in Brazilian history as its backdrop, Coisa Mais Linda is a period drama that charts the birth and cultural revolution of Bossa Nova in Rio de Janeiro.
The romantic drama follows Maria Luiza, a conservative, dutiful woman who has always depended on her father, Ademar, and her husband, Pedro. When Pedro disappears, she must travel from São Paulo to Rio, where her husband had planned to open a fancy restaurant. Against her better judgment – and to the chagrin of her strict father – Maria Luiza decides to stay in Rio and dedicate herself to turning Pedro’s property into a Bossa Nova club. It’s this decision that marks the start of a passion-driven transformation in Maria Luiza, one that is influenced by liberal and feminist new friends, as well as a renewed chance at love.
Coisa Mais Linda is produced by Prodigo Films and will feature eight one-hour episodes in its first season. It is created by Heather Roth and Giuliano Cedroni, and written by Pati Corso and Leo Moreira. The producers are Beto Gauss, Francesco Civita and Caito Ortiz.
The series joins a diverse slate of Netflix original productions out of Brazil. In 2018, Netflix will premiere the second season of 3%, plus two new original series: O Mecanismo, created by José Padilha (Narcos, Elite Squad 1 & 2) in partnership with Elena Soarez (Xingu, Sons of Carnival) and starring Selton Mello, along with the sitcom Samantha! starring Emanuelle Araújo and Douglas Silva. This lineup of original content includes documentaries such as Laerte-se, and stand-up comedy specials featuring Felipe Neto, Marco Luque and Clarice Falcão, in addition to the recently announced specials recording between now and next March with Rafinha Bastos and Edmilson Filho.
“We’re eager to continue investing in the incredible storytelling Brazil has to offer, and our partners at Prodigo Films have captured just that with Coisa Mais Linda,” says Erik Barmack, Netflix VP of International Original Content. “Apart from being set to a vibrant time in Brazilian culture, the series tells a broader story about self-discovery, the pursuit of dreams and the emancipation of women that will be incredibly relevant to our audiences both in Brazil and globally.”
Production on the show is slated to begin in 2018.