To continue with the fast paced array of news and incidents that sparked the Berlinale for us this year, we had our habitual meeting with Barcelona based Anna Soler-Pont, the woman behind Pontas Literary and Film Agency whose blog of her Berlinale experiences is also enlightening and inspires great interest in films based on novels.
We met Anna Soler-Pont years ago when we were thinking of creating a new database on Books-To-Film. Anna Soler-Pont understood the need and created her own business based on this idea. She is an agent for fiction writers selling international publishing rights PLUS she packages, writes scripts and finds production financing for the films. She represents only 89 to 100 authors.
Her current project, now finding financing, is Traces of Sandalwood, based on the novel Rastes de sandal (Traces of Sandalwood) by Asha Miro and Anna Soler-Pont. It takes place in Mumbai, India and in Barcelona and spans the 1980s to today, interweaving the stories of Muna and Sita, two Indian orphan sisters with very different fates, although their paths cross and eventually come together in the end. It’s mainly in English and Catalan. The co-writer with Anna is Coral Cruz, a script editor fluent in Catalan, Spanish and English. The director is Maria Ripoll (Tortilla Soup), born in Barcelona and educated at UCLA Film School. The stars Nandita Das is a famous Indian star. Christina Brondo (Her film, Penumbra, was acquired by IFC), the Spanish star knows India well and can easily pass for the Indian sister of Naina Daz. Ajay Jethi, the Indian male lead speaks Catalan.