TIFF 2013: Books into Films

Have been in Toronto all week for the Toronto International Film Festival. Taken a lot of photos but these few I’m going to share with you first for Saturday Snapshot Sept. 14, for they are what Ripple Effects is all about: Books and Films.

Saw this sign in a major bookstore beside a TIFF screening venue:

Hey Hollywood

The movie is in the book.

Indeed, many of this year’s TIFF selections are based on literary sources.

Film Adaptations at TIFF 2013

Books to filmsFrom biographies to biopics:

Biographies into BiopicsIf you or your book group are starting a new season of reading, you may find some interesting titles in the following list of films screened at TIFF this year (click on link to the film adaptation):

12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

August: Osage County by Tracy Letts (Pulitzer Prize-winning play)

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

The Dinner by Herman Koch

The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Double by Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago (Film: Enemy)

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro (Film: Hateship, Friendship)

Horns by Joe Hill

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

The Invisible Woman by Claire Tomalin

Known and Unknown by Donald Rumsfeld (Film: The Unknown Known)

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Mary Queen of Scotland by Stefan Zweig (Film: Mary Queen of Scots)

The Railway Man by Eric Lomax

Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salemo

The Sea by John Banville

The Switch by Elmore Leonard (Film: Life of Crime)

Under the Skin by Michel Faber


Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mommy Reads. Click here to see what others have posted.


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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

29 thoughts on “TIFF 2013: Books into Films”

    1. Jeanie,

      This is the benefit of FF. They screen films that you just might not be able to see on our theatre screens because they just might not find distributors. So I’m glad I’ve seen a few this week.


    1. Louise,

      Definitely an exciting week staying right in downtown Toronto where TIFF takes place. Yes, isn’t that an interesting message on the sign? So true too.


    1. Rebecca,

      I’m reading John Banville’s The Sea while in TO and saw the beautiful film adaptation at TIFF. And you know what, I even saw the main actor in the film Ciaran Hinds. (He was Captain Wentworth in Persuasion way back when)


      1. Yes I’ve read the book. I loved it in an awful kind of way. The people are ghastly, they do and condone despicable deeds, but I couldn’t stop reading!!


    1. Somehow it reminds me of the film ‘Carnage’ based on the play written by Yasmina Reza. A film in one setting with two sets of married couples disputing.


  1. Amazing how many movies are based on books, always an interesting lineup at the TIFF, I’m waiting to see Half of Yellow Sun as a family member was involved in the film making and spent many months in Nigeria and having to overcome many obstacles (which could almost be a story in itself) to help bring that film to fruition.


    1. Claire,

      That must be exciting, to know someone so closely involved in the making of the film. You have brought out a point that was reiterated by the filmmakers I heard at the end of the films which I watched. In a couple of the screenings I attended, it took the director/producer a decade to get it all together. You see, that’s why I love the special features on DVD’s and Blu-rays. The making-of itself is a film on its own. I’m sure you know it first hand. 😉


  2. I hope you had a good time at the festival. Whenever I would hear something about it or see a news headline about it I would think of you and wonder what you were up to!


    1. Stefanie,

      I sure had the most exciting trip to Toronto this time. Film reviews coming up, as soon as I can gather and organize my thoughts in writing. And… thanks for thinking of me. 😉


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