'Heart' earns Frankfurt adaptation prize

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COLOGNE, Germany -- Michael Winterbottom's "A Mighty Heart," the story of Al Qaeda's 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, has been chosen as the year's best international literary adaptation by the Frankfurt Book Fair, organizers said Wednesday.

"A Mighty Heart" was based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Pearl's widow, French journalist Mariane Pearl. Angelina Jolie played Mariane in the film, with Dan Futterman as Daniel Pearl.

"We chose this film because it deals with a very current and politically vital issue and, at the same time, is a plea against violence and hate," Book Fair director Jurgen Boos said.

"A Mighty Heart" beat out Kevin Macdonald's Oscar-winner "The Last King Of Scotland," Todd Field's "Little Children," Steven Soderbergh's "The Good German," Richard Eyre's "Notes on a Scandal," Billy August's Nelson Mandela biopic "Goodbye Bafana" and Pascale Ferran's "Lady Chatterley" for the €10,000 ($14,000) award.

Winterbottom will collect his prize in person in Frankfurt on Oct. 12.

The Frankfurt Book Fair, which runs Oct. 10-14, is the world's largest book market and has honored film adaptations since 2004. Previous winners include Francois Dupeyron's "Monsieur Ibrahim," Atom Egoyan's "What Lies Beneath" and "Willenbrock," from German director Andreas Dresen.
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