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Ventana Sur: Burman Office Options ‘This Too Shall Pass’ (EXCLUSIVE)

International best-seller develops an original take on daughter-mother love

BUENOS AIRES – Ramping up his film-TV slate at Burman Office, Daniel Burman, whose “El Rey del Once – The Tenth Man” is one of the most anticipated Argentine movies of early 2016, has optioned Milena Busquets’ “Tambien Esto Pasará” (This Too Shall Pass), a Spanish-language international best-seller whose translation rights have been sold in more than 30 languages. Hogarth Press handles the U.S. publication.

Deal was struck with the Pontas Agency, the Barcelona-based international literary and film agency. Burman will produce. A renowned scriptwriter-director – whose attachment will turn heads – will be announced shortly. Big screen adaptation rights has had many suitors, Burman told Variety in Buenos Aires, echoing one description of “This Too Shall Pass” as a “literary tsunami” which is taking the world by storm.

Billed by the Pontas agency as a novel about “loss, love and sex” written by the Françoise Sagan of the 21st century, “This Too” turns on Blanca, a 40-year-old who, after losing her mother, returns to Cadaques, a small village on the Costa Azul, just south of the French border, accompanied by her two sons, two ex-husbands and two best friends as she attempts to ease her grief and plans to meet her married love for a few stolen moments.

Surrounded by those she loves most, she spends the summer trying to re-connect and understand what it means to live a truly happy and meaningful life, as her mother would have wanted.

“Ultimately, the novel is the search for the right words to express a complex and intricate mother-daughter love,” Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia wrote, calling “This Too Shall Pass” “a praiseworthy and truly literary work whose aim is not to pass, but to stay.”

“I’ve always been fascinated by the mother-daughter relationship. It allows for extreme love, extreme hate, which can only hatch and grow in the context of the love between a mother and daughter. Men can love or hate their parents but their hate is normally manifested in indifference,” Burman said at Ventana Sur.

“Milena, in contrast, creates a universe where a woman looks desperately in al the men of her life for something similar to the love she feels for her mother. This seemed to me to be an extraordinary starting point,” he added, pinpointing the originality of the story.

“There is also a fascinating implicit reflection in the book on sexuality. The question it poses: ‘Why do we have sex?’ There is a sexual energy which marks the narration and which, far from pornographic or even eroticism, is an unceasing search for something which has been lost, here the love of a mother.”

Will “This Too Shall Pass” be in Spanish? “That is a very good question!” Burman replied.

Director of 2003’s “The Lost Embrace,” that swept Berlin’s Grand Jury Prize and a best actor Silver Bear for Daniel Hendler. Burman also co-produced “The Motorcycle Diaries,” helmed by Walter Salles. In May 2015, he launched development-screenwriting company Burman Office, based out of Buenos Aires, and one of the first and potentially most significant of Latin American hubs for fully developed content for both film and TV.

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