The Danes and the Cubans are getting into bed together on ascreen adaptation of Nobel-prize winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez's mostrecent novel, Memories of My Melancholy Whores.
"The year I turned 90, I wanted to give myselfthe gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin," begins thenovel, which tells the story of an elderly journalist's erotic obsession with a14-year-old prostitute.
The film is being packaged by Danish-based Crone Film.
It will be directed by veteran Danish auteur HenningCarlsen, best known for Knut Hamsun adaptation, Hunger,which won Per Oscarsson a best actor award in Cannes.
The producer is Nina Crone. Legendary screenwriterJean-Claude Carriere (who most recently scripted Milos Forman's Goya'sGhosts) has completed a first draft of the script.
Here in Cannes, Crone is looking for Mexican andSpanish co-producers to board the project, due to shoot in Cuba in early 2007.
The Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) is poised to boardthe project, which will be shot in Spanish. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a closefriend of Carriere, will consult on the project. He is a close friend of CubanPresident Fidel Castro. "He has total loyalty to the project," said Nina Crone.
Memories of My Melancholy Whores is not the only adaptation of a Gabriel GarciaMarquez project on the blocks. New Line is making a $40m adaptation of hisnovel, Love In The Time Of Cholerawith director Mike Newell. The film is on Summit Entertainment's Cannes slate.
Arturo Ripstein's Garcia Marquez adaptation No-One WritesTo The Colonel screened in Cannes in 1999.Gabriel Garcia Marquez won the Nobel Prize For Literature in 1982.