Film rights sold to Emmi Itäranta’s Memory of Water!

The film rights of Memory of Water, the dystopian novel by Emmi Itäranta, have been sold to the production company Bufo. Founded in 2007, Bufo has produced a number of films of which many have received international recognition, such as Concrete Night (2013) by Pirjo Honkasalo and The Good Son (2011) by Zaida Bergroth. Based in Helsinki, the company concentrates on plot-driven and meaningful stories that can also entertain big audiences. So far the foreign rights of Itäranta’s novel have been sold in 21 territories.

The eponymous feature film Memory of Water will be directed by Saara Saarela and set in a futuristic Lapland, where water is a luxury, rationed by the military. When a young woman discovers a secret water source she has to decide if she is ready to risk her life by letting the water run free.

Water will be the next natural resource wars are fought over. Emmi Itäranta’s novel Memory of Water deals with the grim topic with amazing talent: she has managed to write an engaging, beautiful, serene, almost zen-like dystopian story that simultaneously sends chills up your spine and steals your heart.
– Johanna Sinisalo, author of Troll and Core of the Sun

The past two months Emmi Itäranta has been the first-ever Author in Residence of Silicon Valley Reads, the closing event of which took place last weekend. This year this annual community program focused on fiction addressing climate change. In addition to the official program, she visited local schools to talk about her book, climate change, writing, and more.

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RIGHTS SOLD: MEMORY OF WATER
Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
WORLD ENGLISH, HarperCollins
ARABIC, Dar Al Muna
BRAZIL, Record
BULGARIA, Perseus
CZECH, Albatros Media/Plus
DENMARK, Turbine
ESTONIA, Koolibri
FRANCE, Place des Editeurs
GEORGIA, Palitra L Publishing
GERMANY, DTV/Reihe Hanser
HUNGARY, Metropolis Media
ITALY, Sperling & Kupfer
JAPAN, Nishimura Shoten
KOREA, The Book in My Life
LATVIA, Janis Roze
NORWAY, Gresvik Forlag
RUSSIA, Text Publishers
SPAIN, Ediciones B.
SWEDEN, Modernista
TURKEY, Dogan Egmont
FILM RIGHTS, Bufo

RIGHTS SOLD: THE CITY OF WOVEN STREETS
WORLD ENGLISH, HarperCollins
BRAZIL, Record
FRANCE, Place des Editeurs
GEORGIA, Palitra L Publishing
HUNGARY, Metropolis Media
JAPAN, Nishimura Shoten

READING MATERIAL: MEMORY OF WATER
English edition
Finnish edition

READING MATERIAL: THE CITY OF WOVEN STREETS
English edition
Finnish edition

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Emmi Itäranta

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Emmi Itäranta (b.1976) holds two MA degrees, one in Drama and another in Creative Writing. Her award-winning debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja) was published in Finland in 2012 to great accolades, followed by The Weaver (Kudottujen Kujien Kaupunki) in 2015. Itäranta’s writing has been compared to that of Ursula K. Le Guin.

Her honours include the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize 2013, the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize 2012 and first place in the Teos Fantasy and Sci-Fi Literary Contest 2011.

Memory of Water has also been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award recognizing the best science fiction novel published in the UK in 2014, and the Golden Tentacle award. In addition, Itäranta has been included on the Honor List of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

Rights to Memory of Water have been sold in 21 languages to date.

Itäranta’s cv is an eclectic mix of writing-related activities, including stints as a columnist, theatre critic, press officer and dramaturge. Her poems, short stories, articles and essays have appeared in anthologies, film magazines and science fiction magazines in the UK and Finland. She lives in Canterbury, in the United Kingdom.

Bibliography

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Emmi Itäranta

The Weaver

2015, Fantasy & S/F

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Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water

2012, Fantasy & S/F

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