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Today HBO announced the US premiere date and dropped the official trailer for the third season of the hit Italian drama My Brilliant Friend.

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My Brilliant Friend: Gaia Girace as Lila, Margherita Mazzucco as Elena — Photo by Eduardo Castaldo/HBO

Based on the third book in Elena Ferrante’s quadrilogy, Season 3 of the critically-acclaimed HBO-RAI series, titled My Brilliant Friend: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, premieres in the US on Monday, February 28, at 10 PM ET/PT, on HBO. It will also be available to stream on HBO Max.

My Brilliant Friend (L’amica geniale) follows Elena Greco and the most important friend in her life, Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila. They met in the first year of primary school in 1950, and their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives and explores the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and — in a way – both her best friend and her worst enemy.

The eight-episode third season picks up with Elena (Margherita Mazzucco) and Lila (Gaia Girace), both now grown women, during the 1970s. Lila has taken her young son and left her husband and a comfortable life to work as a factory worker in the toughest of conditions, while Elena left the neighborhood to study in Pisa, and is now an author of a successful novel that has paved the way to an affluent and cultivated world. They now navigate a scenario of hopes and uncertainties, still united by their strong and ambivalent bond.

My Brilliant Friend: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, a series by Daniele Luchetti, is a project of The Apartment, Fremantle, Wildside and Fandango Production. It is produced by Lorenzo Mieli for Fremantle, The Apartment and Wildside (both Fremantle companies), and by Domenico Procacci for Fandango, in collaboration with Rai Fiction and HBO Entertainment. The story and screenplays are by Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio Costanzo. Paolo Sorrentino and Jennifer Schuur are amongst the executive producers. Fremantle is the international distributor in association with RAI Com.

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My Brilliant Friend: HBO Sets US Premiere Date for Season 3 of Hit Italian Drama
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