Film and TV rights for WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT by Mia Kankimäki now sold to napafilms!

We are very happy to announce that Nordic production company napafilms has now acquired the film and TV rights for Mia Kankimäki’s internationally bestselling travelogue/biography THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT! The deal was closed by Elina Ahlbäck at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Mia Kankimäki’s second book THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT has sold over 45 000 copies in all formats in Finland, the translation rights have been sold to 20 territories, including USA and China, and now the film and TV rights have also been sold.
Translation rights are still available in Poland, Romania, Republic of Korea, Turkey, Spain, Greece etc.

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As announced today, production company napafilms oy has acquired the film and TV rights for Mia Kankimäki’s literary work THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT. The company is developing a TV drama series based on the book that mixes the biographical lives of the real “Night Women” and the life of a fictional main character.

“The project combines napafilms’s strong background in narrative documentaries with ambitious fictional storytelling. This will be an adventure in the different forms of narrative film” says producer Marianne Mäkelä.

The team behind the project consists of several film-making professionals. The head writers are Anna Ruohonen (Laughing Matters, Downshifters), documentary film director Anu Kuivalainen (Christmas in the Distance, Aranda, Black Cat on the Snow) and producer Marianne Mäkelä (Still Into You, Nokia Mobile – We Were Connecting People). The direction is by Saara Cantell (Heartbeats, Stars Above, Jill and Joy -film series) and Anu Kuivalainen. The project is produced by Marianne Mäkelä and Liisa Karpo (Boys Who Like Girls, Golden Land) from napafilms oy.

Head writer Anna Ruohonen describes the idea behind the show: “I have felt less alone – both abroad and at home – thanks to Mia’s book and the stories of the ‘Night Women’ she has gathered in it. This is the book’s crucial gift for the reader, and I would like to preserve this also in the audiovisual adaptation.”

“I am excited about napafilms’s vision and that this fantastic and praiseworthy team of filmmakers have decided to bring together their passion and skills to tell the stories of the ‘Night Women’ in a TV format”, says author Mia Kankimäki.

by Mia Kankimäki

Mia Kankimäki leaves her job, sells her apartment and travels to Africa to see where Karen Blixen – the Danish author, baroness and coffee farmer – lived in the 1920s. She goes to Japan in search of a cure for her depression, and to research Yayoi Kusama, the world-renowned artist, and around the world in the footsteps of 19th century women explorers. In Italy, she spends days looking for forgotten Renaissance women painters of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. If these women could make it in the world hundreds of years ago, why couldn’t she?

The Women I Think About At Night is part travelogue and part biography: in clear prose Kankimäki writes about the lost women adventurers of history – perfect reading for adult fans of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, and anyone who’s ever wanted to travel to all the places they’ve ever read about.

Naiset joita ajattelen öisin
Otava (orig.), 2018
448 pp.

Author: Mia Kankimäki
Genres: General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction


Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CHINA: Winshare Books Co., Ltd.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media / Motto
DENMARK: Bilgrav
FRANCE: Editions Leduc
GERMANY: btb Verlag/Random House
HUNGARY: Kossuth
ITALY: Neri Pozza Editore
JAPAN: Soshisha
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA: Gelmes Publishing
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
SWEDEN: Wahlström & Widstrand
UNITED KINGDOM: Simon & Schuster
USA: Simon & Schuster (World English)

FILM & TV: napafilms

About author

Mia Kankimäki

Mia Kankimäki is the author of two best-selling books which blend travelogue, memoir, biography, and women’s history. After taking a master’s degree in comparative literature at the University of Helsinki and working diligently in Finnish publishing, in 2010 she left her job and traveled to Japan to write her first book. Her books have received several literary awards, for example the Best Travel Book of the Year 2013, the HelMet Award 2015, and Otava Book Foundation’s Non-Fiction Award 2020. She currently lives in Helsinki, Finland, whenever she’s not traveling for her next book project.

Mia has been enthusiastic about Japanese culture for years and is a qualified ikebana teacher of the Sogetsu school. Her first book Things That Make One’s Hear Beat Faster took her to Kyoto where she has spent long periods of writing and making research ever since. Kankimäki’s second book The Women I Think About at Night has sold over 55,000 copies in Finland and the translation rights have been sold to 21 territories, including USA and China.

Mia's both books have been aqcuired by Japanese publisher Soshisha:

"I am delighted to share that Mia Kankimäki’s debut title, THINGS THAT MAKE ONE’S HEART BEAT FASTER, is embraced and loved by many Japanese readers. A cross between an autobiography and a travelogue, the author finds an emotional connection with a woman geographically far apart and from a different era and tries to discover who she really was. I believe this style is reflected in THE WOMEN I THINK ABOUT AT NIGHT as well. Though some of the female figures in this second book might not be well-known locally, I am looking forward to seeing how our readers will react to their lifestyles." - Daisuke Watanabe, Editor, Soshisha


2018, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

The Women I Think About At Night

Mia Kankimäki

2013, General Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Things That Make One's Heart Beat Faster

Mia Kankimäki