Okri’s The Age of Magic is the only book from an African writer selected as a recipient of the fund.
By Hope Ibiale
Nigerian-born British poet and novelist, Ben Okri’s novel, the Age of Magic, has been announced as one of the recipients of the Netherland Film Production Incentive Fund. The book, which is among 22 selected literary works, is set to be adapted into a film and will be directed by Belgian filmmaker, Peter Kruger. Okri’s The Age of Magic is the only book from an African writer selected as a recipient of the fund.
The Age of Magic tells the tale of eight filmmakers, who embark on a journey that leads them to a mysterious lake in a Swiss mountain village. Here, they discover a new meaning to life.
The Netherland Film Fund is an agency which supports film and film-related production and activities, both domestically and internationally. The fund also aims to elevate diversity and quality film production. The fund provides grants for feature films, documentaries, and animated films.
Ben Okri is a Nigerian-born British poet, essayist, anthologist, and novelist, and is considered one of Africa’s most influential authors. Asides from the Age of Magic, his other works include The Landscape Within, The Famished Road, and Dangerous Love, among others. Okri has won notable awards such as the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the Booker Prize, and many others.