7 book-to-screen adaptations to watch for at TIFF
This year, the Toronto International Film Festival will include both physical and digital screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's a list of literary-inspired films at the festival this year.
TIFF runs from Sept. 10 to 20, 2020.
Concrete Cowboy stars Idris Elba and Stranger Things' Caleb McLaughlin and leans on a theme of love and family ties as it delves into the unique subculture of Black cowboys and horse trainers on the streets of Philadelphia. When a troubled teen is forced to live with his absent father, the pair reconnect through a love of nature, horses and community.
Based on: The 2011 novel Ghetto Cowboy by American author Greg Neri
Inconvenient Indian is a documentary film by Métis-Algonquin filmmaker Michelle Latimer that highlights the dichotomy of history and truth as it examines the cultural colonization of Indigenous peoples in North America.
Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao directs this exploration of hope and hopeless in the American West. Starring Frances McDormand, Nomadland looks at the precariousness of modern work and finding love as a lonely woman named Fern travels cross-country in an RV.
Based on: The 2017 nonfiction book of the same name by American author Jessica Bruder
Penguin Bloom stars Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln and is directed by Glendyn Ivin. It is based on the true story of Sam Bloom, whose recovery from a tragic accident is helped when she and her family meet a stray magpie named Penguin.
Based on: The 2016 nonfiction book of the same name by Australian author Bradley Trevor Greive
A Suitable Boy
Directed by Mira Nair, A Suitable Boy is a six-part drama series adaptation about a young woman living in post-partition India. Against the backdrop of a country in transition, A Suitable Boy looks at the delicate balance between tradition, family duty and finding one's own way in the world.
Based on: Indian author Vikram Seth's 1993 novel of the same name
Summer of 85
Set in 1980s, this period piece by French filmmaker François Ozon highlights love and heartbreak between two teenage boys on the Normandy coast. The coming-of-age tale looks at the nature of friendship, infatuation and devotion.
Based in part on: British author Aidan Chambers's 1982 YA novel Dance on My Grave
Trickster is a CBC supernatural thriller series that follows an Indigenous teen named Jared who struggles to keep his family afloat when a stranger named Wade ruptures the balance.