Memory Of Water International Film News

Memory of Water-movie in international screening

We are thrilled to share wonderful news: MEMORY OF WATER-movie directed by Saara Saarela will get its international film distribution in several countries, first in Germany and Italy early next year. Before that the film will compete for the grand prize at the Trieste Film Festival in November 2022.The film has been applauded as the best Finnish science fiction film and is based on Emmi Itäranta’celebrated and internationally bestselling book Memory of Water, sold in 24 territories and counting.  The film gets its first international premier in Germany at the Hof International Film Festival in October 2022.

At Trieste Festival, Memory of Water will take part of the Méliès d’Argent (Silver Mélies) competition. Every year, the European Fantasy Film Festival Association awards the Méliès d’Or (Golden Méliès) to the best European feature and short horror or fantasy film.Memory of Water-movie will be in cinema screening in Germany and Italy early 2023. In Germany the movie will be distributed by Real Fiction and in Italy by Blue Swan EntertainmentThe Match Factory will be responsible for the film’s international distribution. In Finland, the film premiered in September. It is produced by Bufo and written by Ilja Rautsi. 

The English teaser trailer for MEMORY OF WATER
Download the English PDF for MEMORY OF WATER here

Memory of Water

Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water is a story of growing up, of the power of friendship – and, above all, of undying hope in a wrecked world.

Emmi Itäranta‘s debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja) won the Teos Fantasy and Sci-fi Literary Contest in 2011 and earned her the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for young authors, worth 16.000 euros, in December 2012. She also received the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013.

The story is set in a drought-ravaged, war-ridden future world where fresh water has become the privilege of a few and tea masters have been keepers of natural springs for centuries, Memory of Water tells the story of seventeen-year-old Noria, set to become the next tea master in her village. When her father dies, she finds herself alone with the dangerous responsibility of guarding a hidden spring that can save lives – or provoke people to kill.

As war spreads into her homeland, Noria’s loyalties are torn between keeping her duty and helping her dearest friend Sanja, whose family can barely survive on their water rations. Together the girls unearth knowledge about the past that has remained buried too long and begin to plan a journey to the Lost Lands, forbidden areas that might hold unexplored water resources.

Yet the web of the military is closing in on Noria’s secret. Sanja disappears mysteriously, and Noria is placed under house arrest. Knowing her own life is in danger, Noria must face a choice in order to secure the hidden information for others.

Teemestarin kirja,
Teos, September 2012, 266 pp.
Rights sold:

FINLAND: Teos (orig.)
ARABIC: Dar Al Muna
BRAZIL: Record
CHINA: Sichuan People’s Publishing House
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media/Plus
DENMARK: Turbine
ESTONIA: Koolibri
FRANCE: Place des Editeurs
GEORGIA: Palitra L Publishing
GERMANY: DTV/Reihe Hanser
HUNGARY: Metropolis Media
ITALY: Piemme/ Sperling & Kupfer
JAPAN: Nishimura Shoten
KOREA: The Book in My Life
LATVIA: Janis Roze
LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto
NORWAY: Gresvik Forlag
RUSSIA: Text Publishers
SERBIA: Heliks
SPAIN: Ediciones B.
SWEDEN: Modernista
TURKEY: Dogan Egmont
WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins/HarperVoyager