Parker tops bill at Monaco film/lit forum


PARIS -- Alan Parker will serve as honorary president at Monaco's seventh annual International Cinema and Literature Forum when it kicks off in Monte Carlo on Thursday.

The book-to-film festival and adaptation market will once again bring together famous faces from film and literature for three days of screenings, roundtables, book signings, master classes and soirees.

Presided over by Monaco's Prince Albert II, this year's Forum of Cinema and Literature will see new additions to its lineup, including the launch of a "Shootings Trade Show," where film commissions from various countries will gather to showcase locations and provide financial and logistics assistance.

The Forum also will open its doors to the rapidly growing video game sector with a debate titled "Video Games, Cartoons, Cinema: Partners or Competitors?" on Saturday.

Parker, director of such films as "Midnight Express," "Fame" and "Evita," will give a cinema master class. He will join a handful of Gallic stars for the occasion including directors Gilles Bourdos and Regis Wargnier, actresses Zoe Felix and Sara Forestier and writers Lolita Pille and Frederic Schoendoerffer.

Writer-director Christopher Hampton will talk about his recent Oscar win for his adaptation of "Atonement" and the Coco Chanel biography he is adapting for Anne Fontaine's upcoming movie starring Audrey Tautou.

Forum attendees will be treated to a series of film premieres including Jean Becker's "Two Days to Kill," Mark Waters' "The Spiderwick Chronicles" and Vincent Desagnat and Thomas Sorriaux's "Quinze Ans et Demi," starring Daniel Auteuil.

On the business end of things, the International Literary Adaptation Market and the Remake Market will once again give producers and publishers the chance to negotiate novel and comic strip adaptation rights, remakes and co-productions.

A slew of prizes based on book-to-film or book-to-TV adaptations will be awarded at the Saturday closing ceremonies followed by a gala dinner in the city's famed Hotel de Paris and a Cotton Club 1930s theme party.