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Disney+ Original ‘The Good Mothers’ Wins First Ever Berlinale Series Award

Disney’s new Italian Original Series “The Good Mothers” has won the first ever Berlinale Series Award.  The series will premiere on Disney+ in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.  All 6 episodes will drop on the 5th.  The series will also be coming soon to Disney+ internationally and on Hulu in the U.S.

The series is based on a book of the same name by Alex Perry.

House Productions and Fremantle-owned Wildside produce this six-part series, which tells the true story of how three courageous women inside the notorious Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta mafia worked with newly-minted female prosecutor, Alessandra Cerreti, to bring down the criminal empire.

The cast includes Gaia Girace (“My Brilliant Friend”); Valentina Bellè (“Catch-22”, “Medici”); Barbara Chichiarelli (“Suburra – The series”, “Bad Tales”); Francesco Colella (“ZeroZeroZero”, “Trust”); Simona Distefano (“The Traitor”); Andrea Dodero (“Thou Shalt Not Hate”); and Micaela Ramazzotti (“Like Crazy”, “The First Beautiful Thing”).

The story tells of a young pm, Anna Colace (Chichiarelli), who has the intuition to attack the ‘ndrangheta by leveraging its women, the wives and mothers of the bosses. The story begins with the disappearance of Lea Garofalo (Ramazzotti), the one who had testified against her husband Carlo Cosco (Colella) to escape his grip and ensure his daughter Denise (Girace) a life away from that environment. The story extends to the stories of Giuseppina Pesce (Bellè) and Concetta Cacciola (Distefano).

The series is written by BAFTA-winning Baghdad Central and The Last Kingdom scribe Stephen Butchard. The series is lead-directed by the U.K.’s Julian Jarrold (“The Crown”) and by Italy’s Elisa Amoruso (“Chiara Ferragni: Unposted”).

Executive producers are Juliette Howell and Tessa Ross for House Productions, and Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Gangarossa for Wildside.

The first ever Berlinale Series Award Jury, comprised of former Yes Studios boss Danna Stern, Moonlight star André Holland and Danish screenwriter Mette Heeno, said Good Mothers “captured us with its multi-layered characters that have been treated with care and allowed to evolve before our very eyes.”

“The series creators have been meticulous in recreating an authentic and detailed world, presented by a stellar cast, with performance that made our hearts skip a beat,” they said. “The beautiful cinematography, production design and locations contributed to the ultra realistic feel of the show, which is only right considering it is based on true events.”

Source: Deadline

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