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Constantin to adapt ‘Schossgebete’

Roche's novel has sold 650,000 copies

Constantin Film, Germany’s leading production and indie distribution company, has picked up film adaptation rights to scribe Charlotte Roche’s latest novel, “Schossgebete.”

It deals with three days in the life of an English woman living in Germany who is trying to be the perfect mother and lover, focussing on sex within marriage.

It follows Roche’s controversial 2008 hit debut, “Wetlands,” a portrayal of female sexuality, which sold 2 million copies.

Constantin’s head of film production, Martin Moszkowicz, will exec produce with Oliver Berben producing. The company did not reveal what it paid for the rights.

“Schossgebete” has a dual meaning in German, referring to the womb and to a last-ditch prayer.

U.K.-born Roche moved to Germany when she was a child. She was a well-known TV presenter before becoming a novelist, starting as a VJ on music-video channel Viva in the mid-1990s, then going on to host latenight talkshows for pubcaster ZDF and Franco-German web Arte.

Released this summer, “Schossgebete” has sold 650,000 copies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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