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Books at Berlinale: are these the films of the future?

On 11 February the Berlinale will host a pitch event entitled Books at Berlinale at which film producers have the chance of discovering new literary works that would make good movies.

The eleven selected novels will be presented at the Co-Production Market. At a get-together afterwards, invited producers will have an opportunity to meet with right-holders – international publishers and literary agents – and option film rights directly.

“In the past years, Books at Berlinale has established itself worldwide as the first market for literary material,” festival director Dieter Kosslick said. “We would now like to expand the idea of a network between books and film further, and open the event to more producers interested in literature, who no longer need to belong to the rather exclusive circle of Berlinale Co-Production Market participants.”

Producers who are active in the field of literary film adaptations or would like to be, and want to take part in this event, may register, along with other publishers and literary agents, until February 4 at

The eleven selected books come from publishers and agencies in Great Britain, Germany, France, Turkey and the Netherlands and were chosen from over 120 books from more than 25 countries.

“There is something here to fit every producer’s budget and interests,” says Sonja Heinen, head of the Berlinale Co-Production Market. “Of course, first and foremost, we chose books based on whether we thought they were compelling and could be adapted for the screen.”

The following literary works have been selected for Books at Berlinale 2014:

  •        The Latecomer (Dimitri Verhulst), Atlas Contact Publishers, Netherlands
  •        Back Up (Paul Colize), Agence Astier – Pecher, France
  •        A Kim Jong-Il Production (Paul Fischer), Curtis Brown, Great Britain
  •        Melanie (Carel Donck), De Arbeiderspers, Netherlands
  •        The Eduard Einstein Case (Laurent Seksik), Éditions Flammarion, France
  •        This Place Holds No Fear (Monika Held), Eichborn / Bastei Lübbe, Germany
  •        Love, Love Me Do (Mark Haysom), Eve White Literary Agency, Great Britain
  •        More (Hakan Günday), Kalem Agency, Turkey
  •        Twelve Metres (Andi Rogenhagen), Literarische Agentur Kossack, Germany
  •        Daughter of the Flowers (Vanessa da Mata), Literarische Agentur Mertin, Germany
  •        Czernin or How I Learned to Understand World War I (Hans von Trotha), Nicolai Verlag, Germany

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