Claudia Costafreda discusses her fruitful relationship with Los Javis

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Spanish writer and director Claudia Costafreda is on a roll. “Cardo” and “Veneno” are both selected as Variety‘s top international TV shows in their respective years and saw great success at home and abroad, with the latter distribution dealing with major streamers such as HBO Max. Costafreda’s latest collaboration with creative partners Los Javis, ‘La Mesías’, premiered to great acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival last January, and the trio is already working together on their next project, Netflix’s ‘Superestar’.

A sequel to “Veneno,” “Dressed in Blue: Veneno Season 2,” premiered last year and followed in the footsteps of its predecessor in terms of international success, with Atresmedia TV International Sales closing deals in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Costafreda is the show’s writer and director.

‘Dressed in Blue’ picks up two years after ‘Veneno’, with Lola Rodríguez’s Valeria returning to Valencia to discover a VHS copy of Antonio Giménez Rico’s groundbreaking documentary film ‘Dressed in Blue’, which had its world premiere at the San Sebastián Festival in 1983. This leads Valeria to conduct a crazy investigation into the original figures from the documentary, just like the real journalist Valeria Vegas, who inspired the series.

Speak with Variety Speaking about the success of “Dressed in Blue” following its showcase at the Berlinale Series Market, Costafreda said it can be “delicate” to address issues surrounding themes of gender, queerness and prejudice so prominently with a series like “Dressed in Blue .”

“These are issues that have not been advocated or made visible until now. We received praise, especially from people who had not seen themselves represented before. Telling their stories is a step towards a more just society. In my case, as a woman it was more important than just being an author. Trans women are women, and we all need to support and stand by each other. The sisterhood that comes from involvement in these projects is of inestimable human value.”

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Commenting on how the series resonated with young audiences while looking back on a generation that came before them, Costafreda said the past and present “cannot be explained without each other.” “We analyze and create characters and put them all on the same level. This allows us to complement the experiences of trans women today and look for similarities and where they come from. Unfortunately, in many cases the reality is not that different.”

Writing a show with so many characters and storylines is a “complex” mission according to Costafreda, who says it is also “worth it because there are many elements and countless themes to play with.” The success of ‘Dressed in Blue’ confirmed the writer’s assumption that there is a loyal audience eager to follow the stories of the characters they first met in ‘Veneno’. “The truth is that from ‘Veneno’ we had good feelings about how the reception of this second season would be. Ultimately, there is an audience that is waiting to see how everything continues.”

“We have been working together for almost five years,” Costafreda emphasizes about her collaboration with Javier Ambrosi and Javier Calvo, the Spanish creative duo of Los Javis and founders of the Madrid-based production company Suma Content.

“We are a family. We share the same tastes and the same approach to the profession. It is wonderful to see the path we walk together and how we grow hand in hand, from ‘Veneno’ to ‘Cardo’ and now ‘Superestar’. I also felt very close to ‘La Mesías.’ I am where I should be, a place where originality, depth and quality predominate.”

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What’s next: Costafreda is looking forward to developing its first feature film. “I would like to combine films and series in my career. Currently, I am concentrating on the shooting of ‘Superestar’, but once it is completed, I will fully delve into working on my film.” The director’s first feature film is of course produced by Suma Content of Los Javis.

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