Based on the novel by Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend weaves a complicated story of friendship set in the outskirts of Naples, Italy. Childhood friends Elena Greco and Raffaella Cerullo grow up poor, surrounded by violence and strife, but that doesn’t dampen the power of their friendship.

We spoke to executive producer Jennifer Schurr and director/co-writer Saverio Costanzo about the challenges of casting this project, and the satisfaction that came with bringing Ferrante’s written world to life. Watch our interview below, and stream My Brilliant Friend today.