Netflix has set a Feb. 15 drop date for its new Italian original series “The Law According to Lydia Poet,” a period piece about Italy’s first female lawyer.
The show will be released worldwide about a month after Netflix’s critically acclaimed Elena Ferrante adaptation “The Lying Life of Adults.” It stars rising Italian star Matilda De Angelis, who appeared as its title character in “The Undoing” alongside Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. This, coupled with the feminist narrative, may have helped give it international stature.
6-episode procedural directed by Matteo Rovere and Letizia Lamertier.
One of the series’ taglines is: “If God wanted you to be a lawyer, he wouldn’t have made you a woman.”
“Lydia Poet” recreates the true story of the Italian woman who fought a legal battle in late 19th-century Turin after being allowed to practice as a lawyer after being barred from doing so by a court order. Penniless but proud, Lidia finds a job at her brother Enrico’s law firm where she prepares an appeal that will overturn the court’s ruling. Thus she became the first woman lawyer in Italy.
Pier Luigi Pacino plays Lydia’s brother Enrico Poet, while Sara Lazaro and Sinead Thornhill play Enrico’s wife Teresa Barberis and their daughter Mariana Poet, respectively. Dario Aita is Andrea Caracciolo and Eduardo Scarpetta plays forward-thinking journalist Jacopo Barberis.
Matteo Rovere (“Romulus”) co-directed with Letizia Lamartine (“Baby”). Produced by Rovere’s Groenlandia shingle, the series is written by Guido Iuculano, Davide Orsini, Elisa Dondi, Daniela Gambaro and Paolo Piccirillo.
Watch the trailer below: