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Berlin fest checks out book fair

Pact to help tomes enjoy second life onscreen

The Berlin Film Festival will take part in this month’s Frankfurt Book Fair for the first time, in a forum highlighting adaptations of literature.

The fair and fest pacted at February’s Berlinale to help successful books enjoy a second life onscreen.

“The positive response to our previous joint activities in Berlin confirm that we should continue, and indeed, expand this cooperation,” commented fest director Dieter Kosslick. “We would like to establish both events as marketplaces for film material.”

At the Oct. 19-23 fair, the Berlinale will host a discussion and a workshop with film journalist Peter Cowie, exploring cooperation between the two industries.

In a speed-dating-like session, film producers will be able to meet one-on-one with international publishers and agents.

Also, four adaptations shown at this year’s Berlinale will be screened: author Mikael Niemi’s “Popularmusik fran Vittutla,” Georges-Marc Benamou’s “The Last Mitterand,” Walter Kirn’s “Thumbsucker” and Patrick McGrath’s “Asylum.”

In turn, the book fair will participate at the 2006 Berlinale’s European Film Market and Co-production Market.

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