EXCLUSIVE: Alibi Media has snapped up the film rights to Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s acclaimed 2014 novel. The sound of things fallingtapping House of Gucci screenwriter Roberto Bentivegna to direct the project as his first feature film, based on his own script.
Published by Penguin Group imprint Riverhead Books, the novel follows Antonio Yammara, who, after being wounded in a shooting and witnessing the murder of the mysterious Ricardo Laverde, decides to find out who his friend really is, embarking on a journey into the dark heart of the Colombian drug trade. the market. What follows is an investigation into the dead man’s past and a pilgrimage to unlock that most elusive of all: the truth.
Widely considered one of the most important Latin American novels of the century, The sound of things falling he won Spain’s prestigious Premio Alfaguara in 2011 before going on to win awards including Italy’s Premio Gregor von Rezzori-Città di Firenze and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The New York Times the bestseller was published in 30 languages and in more than 50 countries around the world. The feature adaptation will be produced by the founder and CEO of Alibi, Cristina Palacio.
“I’m thrilled to have this novel adapted by Roberto Bentivegna, whose work I admire, and produced by the wonderful Cristina Palacio,” Vásquez told Deadline. “The book could not have been in better hands.”
Said Bentivegna: “When Cristina brought The sound of things falling to my attention last year, it immediately captivated me. There have been several books, movies and TV shows that try to tell the dark past of the Colombian drug trade. Few, in my opinion, do it as poetically and evocatively as Juan Gabriel Vasquez’s masterpiece. It’s a story about people, first and foremost – and a wonderful opportunity to show ‘Latin Noir’ in the spirit of the ’70s existential thrillers I love.”
Palacio added: “Transferring Juan Gabriel’s book to the screen was a persistent obsession. It couldn’t be more Colombian. It couldn’t be more brilliant. Only a privileged and talented mind like Roberto Bentivegna could accept the task of adapting this novel. I believe that no one could understand its essence better than him.”
Vásquez has, besides The sound of things fallingincluding written novels Informants, The Secret History of Costaguana, Reputations, The shape of the ruins and upcoming Retrospect, and all of them were translated into English by Anne McLean. Among his other works are collections of short stories Lovers on All Saints Dayyes Songs for Fireas well as two books of literary essays — The art of distortion and Viajes con un mapa en blanco. The writer has translated the works of Joseph Conrad and Victor Hugo, among others, and won two Simón Bolívar awards for his journalistic work, and his work has also been recognized with awards including the Royal Spanish Academy Award, the Casa de América Latina de Lisboa Award, the Biblioteca de Narrativa Award Colombiana, the Roger Caillois Award and the Mario Vargas Llosa Biennial Award, to name just a few. In 2016, he was named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic, and just two years later, the King of Spain awarded him the Order of Isabel la Católica.
Bentivegna is BAFTA nominated best known for his adaptation (with Becky Johnston) by Sarah Gay Forden House of Gucci — an epic tale of Italian history, fashion, power and family politics — for four-time Academy Award nominee Ridley Scott. Starring Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons and Salma Hayek, the film has become one of the highest-grossing feature-length dramas of the pandemic era since its release in November 2021 – grossing over $153 million worldwide – while winning an Oscar and Nominations for the Golden Globe and other awards. An adaptation by Jo Nesbø is also coming for Bentivegna The jealous man and other stories for Amazon, with producer Brad Weston.
Palacio is best known as one of Latin America’s leading reality TV hosts, having produced international editions of such beloved formats as Master chef, Survived and Who wants to be a millionaire?creating original competition shows like Rare 4 elements in Mexico and Colombia. Her pan-American production company Alibi is currently producing the fourth season of the latter series for Televisa. Additional credits include a comedy feature Tuya, mía… te la apuesto starring Adriano Uribe, two seasons of the Latin version Design star for Discovery, three seasons Inseparable (Power Couple) for Televisa and Univision, and upcoming El Ruido de las Cosas al Caer.
Bentivegna is repped by WME and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.