The French Literature Week themed “From Pages to Screens” is taking place at the French Cultural Exchange Center, L’ Espace in Hanoi from November 5 to 18.
Vietnamese versions of the covers at the exhibition include French works which have been popular in Vietnam over the past 10 years. The books include Alexandre Dumas’ The Lady of the Camellias, Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera, Alphonse Daudet’s Little What’s-His-Name.
The books of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, Alice Ferney’s The Elegance of Widows, Anna Gavalda’s Hunting and Gathering, David Foenkinos’ Delicacy, Pierre Lemaitre’s The Great Swindle, and Romain Gary’s The Life Before Us will also be introduced to Vietnamese readers.
According to organizers, the highlight of the event is an exchange programme by writer David Foenkinos and his film adaptation screening, which will take place at 5:30 pm on November 15. Foenkinos is one the most revered and beloved French writers. His novel La delicatesse (Delicacy) was a bestseller in France.
The week proper will begin on November 13 with a talk about cinema in Gary’s works. The participation will be director Do Van Hoang, book editor Dinh Van Tue and filmmaker Nguyen Hoang Thien Ngan.
A two-day workshop will be held on November 16 and 17 for young filmmakers to learn how to write a screenplay adapted from literature work. Under director Marcus Manh Cuong Vu, the workshop participants will research some French novels which were made into movies.By Thien Minh