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Olivia Snaije By Olivia Snaije Published on May 13, 2016
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This is the third year that French publishers have joined forces with the Ile de France French film commission and other partners to organize a pitch session called Shoot The Book! for professionals at the Cannes Film Festival. The purpose of the event is to present to international producers books that have the potential to become films. Ranging from graphic novels to science-fiction, crime, memoir, drama and comedy, the event has also been held in past years at the Toronto International Film Festival and during the American Film Market in Los Angeles. 

The books are chosen by an international jury that this year included journalists specialized in film from the UK, US and Spain, producers from France, Taiwan and Finland, and screenwriters from Romania and Spain. They picked the following books:

Bilqiss - Saphia Azzeddine - Stock

Black Cocaïne - Laurent Guillaume - Denoël

Fantasies and realities fuelling child trafficking in Europe - Olivier Peyroux - Non Lieu

Naughty little girl theory - Hubert Haddad - Zulma

Madame Bâ - Erik Orsenna - Fayard

Mezek - André Juillard and Yann - Le Lombard

Once upon a time in the East - Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie, - Dargaud

Shall we dance, Anne-Laure Bondoux and Jean-Claude Mourlevat - Fleuve Éditions

The honest people - Christian Durieux and Jean-Pierre Gibrat - Dupuis

The threads of the heart - Carole Martinez - Gallimard

Given the tremendous success of recent films such as Intouchable, (The Intouchables) which was adapted from Philippe Pozzo di Borgo's Le Second Souffle (A Second Wind), La Vie d'Adèle (Blue is the Warmest Colour) based on the graphic novel of the same name, or Incendies, inspired by Wajdi Mouawad's play, French publishers are definitely on to something.

Olivia is a Paris-based journalist and editor.


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