Berlin: Which Featured Festival Books Have the Most Big-Screen Potential?

"Everyone who works in this business knows that dealing with film rights can be a drawn-out, risky process," said event co-host Juergen Boos and THR looks at the 11 titles spotlighted at this year's Marketplace.
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The only book-to-film market at a major film festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with an emphasis on children’s and YA literature. The 11 titles chosen to be spotlighted at the festival were chosen from 130 submissions representing 25 countries. 

Said festival director Dieter Kosslick in a statement, "Together with the Frankfurt Book Fair, we have established this platform as an important event for active exchange between the worlds of publishing and film, which has enabled us to support collaborations between publishing houses, literary agents and film producers."

On Feb. 16, from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Abgeordnethaus (state parliament) in Berlin, publishers, agents and authors get a few minutes to pitch each book. Interested producers get a chance to follow up at a reception after the event. 

Juergen Boos, the director of the Frankfurt Book Fair which co-hosts the event, judges it a success. "Everyone who works in this business knows that dealing with film rights can be a drawn-out, risky process. That’s why we’re so proud that numerous successful literary adaptations, including Tuya, based on the novel by Claudia Piňeiro and Nackt Unter Wölfen (Naked Among Wolves) based on a book by Bruno Apitz, had their start at Books at Berlinale."

Der Trick
By Emanuel Bergmann (Switzerland)
L.A.-based Bergmann’s debut novel, coming in March, is about 10-year-old Max, who befriends an old Jewish man who was once the Great Zabbatini, a legendary circus magician before the rise of the Nazis. Max believes in magic and sees Zabbatini as the only chance to get his estranged parents back together.
Chance it'll end up on the big screen:

The Eyes
 of The Lake
By Jessica Schiefauer (Sweden)
The 2015 novel, pitched as
a YA spin on Nordic Noir, won one of Sweden’s biggest literary prizes. Twin stories follow Esther and Isak’s youthful romance and
Isak’s brother Anton falling in with a group of violent neo-Nazis.
Chance it'll end up on the big screen:

Hool
By Philipp Winkler (Germany)
The forthcoming debut novel from Winkler, well-known for his short stories, revolves around a soccer hooligan.
Chance it'll end up on the big screen:

The Ice-Cream Makers
By Ernest van der Kwast (The Netherlands)
The fourth novel from the well-known literary author
— already a hit in his native country — centers on an Italian family of gelato makers who run a summer shop in Rotterdam and are rocked when oldest son Giovanni says he wants to be an author, not an ice-cream maker.
Chance it'll end up on the big screen:

Konrad Oder
 Das Kind Aus Der Konservenbuchse
By Christine Nostlinger (Germany)
Conrad: The Factory-Made Boy, a German kids classic first published in 1975, is a Pinocchio-like tale of an eccentric woman with an addiction to mail-ordering stuff who mistakenly gets a 7-year-old boy in the mail. Things get complicated when the intended recipients want their mail-order son back.
Chance it'll end up on the big screen:

Poppyseed
 Lemon Cake
By Cristina Campos 
(Spain)
After 15 years, two estranged sisters reunite on Mallorca, where they grew up, to dispense of a mysterious inheritance — a bakery and mill from an unknown person — and in the process discover family secrets and rebuild their relationship.
Chance it'll end up on the big screen:

A Robot in the Garden
By Deborah Install (United Kingdom)
Ben Chambers, a 34-year-old stay-at-home husband, finds a rickety robot in the back garden and decides to find out where it came from and return it home to prove to himself that he can achieve something in his life. The journey, which threatens his marriage, takes him
 to the far side of the globe and changes him in ways he never expected.
Chance it'll end up on the big screen:

Run Away
By Guy Delisle (France)
Now titled Hostage, the 
May book from the award-winning graphic novelist, recounts the true story of French aid worker Christophe Andre, who was kidnapped in Chechnya in 1997 and held for ransom for four months before escaping when his captors forgot to lock his cell door. Delisle, whose earlier book, Pyongyang, was in development with Gore Verbinski and Steve Carell, emphasizes how Andre retained his sanity in such harrowing circumstances.
Chance it'll end up on the big screen:

Soraya
By Meltem Yılmaz (Turkey)
The first novel from the award-winning journalist draws on her reportorial work to tell the story of Turkey’s Syrian refugee camps through the eyes of one young girl.
Chance it'll end up on the big screen:

Spy Toys
By Mark Powers (United Kingdom)
In the first of a series, a teddy bear, doll and robot rabbit — all with computerized brains — are recruited by Auntie Roz (the toy world’s “M”) to save the British
prime minister’s 8-year-old son from being kidnapped.
Chance it'll end up on the big screen:

Das achte Leben (Für Brilka)
by Nino Haratischwili (Germany)
Pitched as Tolstoy meets magic realism, 2014’s The Eighth Life (for Brilka) spans 20th century Europe in a sprawling multi-generational saga that begins with a small town chocolatier who builds an empire on the basis of his magical hot cocoa.
Chance it'll end up on the big screen:

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