The Toronto International Film Festival came to a close last night. The festival had some amazing films lined up this year, and many of them are book-to-film adaptations! Here’s a round-up of some of our favourites:
1. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
12 Years a Slave had a huge cast consisting of Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film also won the 2013 People’s Choice Award for Best Film, so now you definitely need to read the book, which is the narrative of Solomon Northup’s experience as a freeman sold into slavery. It was originally published in 1853.
2. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
Kate Winslet’s personal labor day is fast-approaching, but she was out and about for the premiere of Labor Day, an adaptation of Joyce Maynard‘s novel of the same name.
In a recent interview Kate praised the protagonist of Labor Day. She said that Adele is “fragile and fragmented, and she has this blistered past. But at the same time, she has a strength in her that never wavered, and that was her strength as a mother.”
We couldn’t agree more!
3. Horns by Joe Hill
My personal favourite! Horns is creeping, surrealist horror at its best. Joe Hill and Daniel Radcliffe are adorable in this picture; a stark contrast to the terrifying book and film!
A role far from Harry Potter, DanRad was pretty excited to play, “a real sort of anti-hero who does a few genuinely nasty things to people.”
4. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
“Staying alive was what we did to pass the time.” – Daisy
Saoirse Ronan can make me watch anything, but with a plot this spectacular, I already knew this film was for me.
Fans of dystopia should definitely check it out!
5. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
Cormac McCarthy. James Franco. Her expression pretty much sums it up.
Now what are you waiting for? Go watch! Go read!
(And discuss @savvyreader) What were your favourite book-to-film adaptations at TIFF?
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