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Crime Scene: Europe: The 8th New Literature from Europe Festival in New York

November 15, 2011 10:36 am

Europe is in the midst of a crime wave—a surge of creative and innovative detective fiction that pays its respects to the traditions of noir while incorporating the psychological novel, the political thriller, and the border-crossings that reflect the increasingly globalized culture of the EU. The eighth annual New Literature from Europe Festival organized by eight European Cultural Institutes in New York, will present a series ...of readings and discussions in Manhattan and Brooklyn from November 15-17, 2011, with writers Caryl Férey (France), Zygmunt Miłoszewski (Poland), Ana Maria Sandu (Romania), Stefan Slupetzky (Austria), José Carlos Somoza (Spain), and Jan Costin Wagner (Germany), joined by U.S. guest author Dan Fesperman.

A special film series complements this year’s spoken word programs, featuring both adaptations of crime novels and new approaches to the genre that play with the conventions of film noir. Presented incollaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image from November 18-20, 2011, the series ranges from Czech and Austrian films of the ‘40s and the early ‘50s rarely seen in the U.S., to contemporary productions from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Romania, including the critically acclaimed works Aurora by Cristi Puiu and The Double Hour by Giuseppe Capotondi. Authors Zygmunt Miloszewski and Jan Costin Wagner will be present to discuss film versions of their novels featured in the Festival.

All literary events are free and open to the public. For tickets for the film screenings, visit

More details on the festival, guest authors and events will soon be available at

Literary series: November 15-17, 2011

Tue., Nov 15th Booked! Crime Scene: Europe
Join the kick-off event with writers Caryl Férey, Zygmunt Miloszewski, Ana Maria Sandu, Stefan Slupetzky, José Carlos Somoza, and Jan Costin Wagner reading from their featured novels. The readings will be followed by a reception. at 7pm Czech Center | 321 East, 73rd Street, NYC

Wed., Nov. 16th The Shifting Scene
Festival writers in conversation with Dan Fesperman, author of The Small Boat of Great Sorrows, The Double Game and Layover in Dubai. The event will be moderated by Professor B. J. Rahn (Hunter College). at 6.30pm The Center for Fiction | 17 East 47th Street, NYC | T 212.755.6710 [email protected]

Thu., Nov. 17th Return to the Crime Scene:
Looking for more clues? Don’t miss this reading with five of our guest authors at 7pm Bookcourt | 163 Court St | Brooklyn, NY | T (718) 875-3677

Film series: November 18-20, 2011
At Museum of the Moving Image|36-01 35 Ave. (at 37 St.) |Astoria, NY 11106

Friday, Nov. 18th
7:00pm Poland Entanglement (Uwikłanie), dir. Jacek Bromski, 2011
Adaptation of the novel Uwikłanie by Zygmunt Miłoszewski
Author Zygmunt Miłoszewski in person

Saturday, Nov. 19th
2:00pm Austria: Stolen Identity, dir. Emile E. Reinert, 1953
After themes of the novel Ich war Jack Mortimer by Alexander Lernet-Holenia
4:30pm Germany: The Silence (Das letzte Schweigen), dir. Baran bo Odar, 2010
Adaptation of the novel Das Schweigen by Jan Costin Wagner
Author Jan Costin Wagner in person
7:00pm Romania: Aurora, dir. Cristi Puiu, 2010
Original script by Cristi Puiu

Sunday, Nov. 20th
2:00pm Czech Republic: Conscience (Svedomi), dir. Jiří Krejčík, 1948
Original script by Jiří Fried, J.A. Novotný, Vladimír Valenta
4:30pm Italy: The Double Hour, dir. Giuseppe Capotondi, 2009
Original script by Alessandro Fabbri, Ludovica Rampoldi, Stefano Sardo
7:00pm France: Série Noire, dir. Alain Corneau, 1979
Adaption of the novel A Hell of a Woman by Jim Thompson

Partner institutions
The festival is organized by the New York branches of the Austrian Cultural Forum, Czech Center, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Goethe-Institut, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Polish Cultural Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute, and Instituto Cervantes, within the framework of EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture), in collaboration with the Center for Fiction, BookCourt, Museum of the Moving Image, The Mysterious Bookshop, InTranslation, Words without Borders, and with the support of the EU Delegation to the UN.

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