Round table "Film and Literature: Evaluating the potential of an adaptation"

This year we return to the Sitges Festival, where we already presented the Barcelona Audiovisual Adaptations Laboratory (LAAB). In this case, it will also be within the Taboo’ks day that will be held on October 13 as part of the festival activities. It will be with the round table Film and Literature: Evaluating the potential of an adaptation.

There is some ignorance about what are the considerations that are taken into account when studying the possibilities and potential that literary works have to adapt in the audiovisual. What are these considerations? How are the evaluations, or the conversations within the offices of the production companies, executives and development executives, literary agents or screenwriters? In the markets, what are the key aspects that make a production company want to adapt a novel?

To talk about all this, we will have with us:

  • The screenwriter Coral Cruz. She has worked writing the scripts for films adapted from novels such as Uncertain Glory by Agustí Villaronga, Vida privada by Sílvia Munt or Life Without Sara Amat by Laura Jou. She has also worked on films such as The Days to Come by Carlos Marqués-Marçet and One For All by David Ilundain shot in Barcelona or the series Hierro.
  • Executive producer Manuel Monzón. He began his career with the Filmax group until 2006 when he became executive producer of Notro Films (Vértice 360 ​​°). In 2010 he founded Monzón Films. He is currently the executive producer of A Contracorriente Films where he has worked as a producer on films such as The Bookshop by Isabel Coixet or The Distinguished Citizen by Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat.
  • Freelance writer and script consultant Albert Val. For more than ten years he worked in the development department of Filmax, in series such as Red Bracelets or the films of the [REC] saga. As head of development, he also participated in the adaptation of La dama número trece by José Carlos Somoza directed by Jaume Balagueró as Muse. In 2021 El maestro que prometió el mar will be shot, an adaptation of the book by Francesc Escribano of which he is the screenwriter.
  • The literary agent Anna Soler-Pont. After a trip to Cairo and a meeting with Naguib Mahfouz, her life changed and she went from being a philologist to becoming a literary agent. In 1992 she founded the Pontas literary agency, which also evolved to create Pontas Films. She has worked on films for adaptations of books such as Traces of Sandalwood, Cold Skin or The Baztán trilogy.
  • Mònica Garcia Massagué, general director of the Sitges Foundation - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, will be the moderator.

More information here.

Latest news

DENIS DELESTRAC: "We could learn to dance together or rather to dance around him. Without getting in his way, without being in the wrong place when something happens and, above all, without trying to reproduce his work.".

This month we interview the director and producer Denis Delestrac, who has directed documentaries such as Freightened The Real Price of Shipping, Sand Wars and Banking Nature. In this interview we talk about his documentary on the famous photographer and storyteller McCurry, The Pursuit of Colour, which he also shot in our city.