Cinema and literature are deeply interconnected art forms that keep inspiring each other. What are the challenges and implications of adapting a book to the screen, and how does literature nurture cinema? How do films allow creators and audiences not only to revisit but also reimagine familiar narratives? What are the concrete steps one must take to adapt a book? And how can the power of literature and words influence screenwriting and filmmaking? A selection of French and American filmmakers and writers will join to discuss these topics. Presented in partnership with French in Motion and IFP.


    • Eric Kohn, Indiewire – Moderator
    • Deborah Kaufman, in charge of literary rights at Legendary Pictures
    • Violaine Huisman, New York–based writer who collaborated on the script and dialogues of Atlantics by Mati Diop
    • Riva Marker (Nine Stories), producer of Stronger, Wildlife, and Beasts of No Nation
    • Jeffrey Sharp, IFP Executive Director, who adapted and produced Nicholas Nickleby, The Night Listener, and The Yellow Birds
    • Stuart Zicherman, who adapted the TV series Sweetbitter, directed by Stephanie Danier
    • Rebecca Zlotowski, who adapted the TV series The Savages with co-creator Sabri Louatah

Update: Lucie Borleteau is no longer able to attend the Free Talk. See more details here.

Online RSVPs are now at capacity. Skip the box office by showing your print-at-home ticket (printed or on your mobile device) to the theater usher. You must show up at least 30 minutes in advance or your seat may be forfeited.

Please note: Walk-ups will still be accepted; tickets to be distributed on a space-available basis.