French film rights for ‘The Third Marriage’ sold

Tom Lanoye Photo: DBA for De Standaard
Frakas Productions have bought the film rights to ‘Het derde huwelijk’ (The Third Marriage), a novel by Tom Lanoye.
Frakas Productions have bought the film rights to ‘Het derde huwelijk’ (The Third Marriage), a novel by Tom Lanoye. Belgian David Lambert (‘Hors les murs’, 2012, ‘Je suis à toi’, 2014) will be the director.Tom Lanoye, Troisièmes NocesThe planned filming illustrates Lanoye's increasing success in the French-speaking world. At the end of August, in Namur, he was able to present his latest translation, ‘Esclaves Heureux’ (Gelukkige slaven/Happy Slaves), to press and public, at curator Benoît Poelvoorde's L’Intime Festival. Earlier, his Parisian publisher, Éditions de la Différence, had already released ‘La Langue de ma mère’ (Sprakeloos/Speechless), ‘Les Boîtes en carton’ (Kartonnen dozen/Cardboard Boxes), ‘Tombé du ciel’ (Heldere hemel/Out Of the Blue) and ‘Forteresse Europe ‘(Fort Europa/Fort Europe). All translations are by Alain van Crugten, who also translates Hugo Claus, for example.‘Het derde huwelijk’ dates from 2006, but remains equally topical today. An old, terminally-sick homosexual enters into a marriage of convenience with the young, black girlfriend of an entire stranger. The arrangement is that he will be richly rewarded and the girl will gain Belgian nationality. Everyone's plans are foiled, though. The novel was shortlisted for both the Libris Literature Prize and the Golden Owl and has already gone through 10 impressions, which amounts to 50,000 copies.