The complex relationship between film and literature as independent, yet mutually inspiring art forms has also fostered exceptional collaborations between filmmakers and authors. For instance, Wim Wenders has frequently visited the texts of Peter Handke in his works, most recently in "Die schönen Tage von Aranjuez". Likewise, Volker Schlöndorff has successfully adapted books by writers like Musil, Böll and Grass for the screen during his long career. In this regard, he always had a special connection to Max Frisch, whose story "Montauk" provided the outset for Schlöndorff's entry in this year's competition at the Berlin IFF: "Rückkehr nach Montauk" ("Return to Montauk") is set in the literature circuit and revolves around a married author and his fateful encounter with the former lover who inspired his latest book. An indubitably dramatic plot, and it will be exciting to see how Schlöndorff's exquisitely cast film fares in the festival competition.