Over 120 books from more than 25 countries were submitted to this year’s “Books at Berlinale”. The eleven books selected – all of which are new publications, bestsellers and / or prize-winners – come from publishers and agencies in Great Britain, Germany, France, Turkey and the Netherlands. These works cover different themes, genres, places and periods: From the dramatic abduction of an actor couple by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il in the 1970s, to a tragicomedy about an older man in the Netherlands, who pretends to have Alzheimer’s to escape his marriage; from a football match in former East Germany, to a gang smuggling illegal immigrants in Turkey; and from rock bands in 1960s Berlin, to the dark world of illegal websites. “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.” “Books at Berlinale” has been organized by the Berlinale in collaboration with the Frankfurt Book Fair since 2006. The event will take place in the Berlin House of Representatives within the scope of the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Its main partners are the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) and the MEDIA Programme of the European Union. The Berlinale Co-Production Market is part of the European Film Market (EFM).
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