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Origin Story: ‘Fuimos Canciones’

Origin Story: ‘Fuimos Canciones’

Everyone loves a love story — it's why romance and romantic comedies have been a pillar of entertainment for so long.  When my team read the script for Fuimos Canciones, we knew it was a story we needed to bring to the world. It was laugh-out-loud funny and vividly introduced  us to hilarious and engaging, yet flawed, characters - ones that we can all see a little bit of ourselves in.

Based on the best-selling two-part book series by Elísabet Benavent, the film is about a young woman in Madrid who after years of ups and downs, finally feels like she’s on the path to getting her life together... until her ex turns up out of the blue and she must lean on her two best friends for support. All three learn that love can be complicated.

Empowering, fresh and bold — here’s why we wanted to tell this story about female friendship and the lessons that come with falling in love. 

A fresh (and Spanish) take on a romantic comedy 

At its core, Fuimos Canciones  is a romance, and has all the elements of a love story, but it’s a modern take on this classic genre, and one which is so relatable to people around the world. 

Set against the backdrop of beautiful Madrid, audiences are instantly transported into Maca’s complicated world, one that is stylish, occasionally edgy, and gives you all the feels. But the key message is about learning to love yourself and the importance of friendship. There really is something for everyone here, so we want people of all ages and walks of life to enjoy it.

Women at the helm

As women, it's important we get to tell our own stories and I’m proud that this one has so many powerful female voices behind it. Directed by Juana Macías, written by Laura Sarmiento, based on the novels by Elísabet Benavent there’s no better team to bring Maca’s (Maria Valverde) love story to life. 

Working with the author

We collaborated closely with Elisabet throughout the filmmaking process and her insight and expertise was incredibly valuable to us in bringing the story to the screen. The characters in Elisabet’s book are so brilliant so we wanted to make this adaptation as faithful to them as possible. We think we’ve found a great balance, and we hope that the fans of the book will enjoy the film just as much as we do.

Fuimos Canciones is available now on Netflix.