With the Toronto International Film Festival just around the corner, there’s no denying that books continue to be an inspiration for the big screen. See the list below for the books that inspired the movies debuting at TIFF this season.
The Snowden Files by Luke HardingJoseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Edward Snowden, co-starring Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Timothy Olyphant and Nicolas Cage.
Edward Snowden, a young computer genius working for America’s National Security Agency, blew the whistle on how this frighteningly powerful organisation uses new technology to spy on the entire planet. The consequences have shaken leaders of nations worldwide. This is the inside story of Snowden’s deeds and the journalists who faced down pressure from the US and UK governments to break a remarkable scoop.
Nocturnal Animals by Austin WrightPreviously published as Tony and Susan, the film features Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams, directed by Tom Ford.
Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband, Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now, she’s enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor’s wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband’s first novel. As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings. Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future.
American Pastoral by Phillip RothEwan McGregor directs and stars in this film, starring opposite Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning.
Roth’s protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father’s glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede’s beautiful American luck deserts him. For Swede’s adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager—a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism.
Lion, Based on A Long Way Home by Sario Brierley Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman star in this true story.
At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write, to recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his biological family.
The Queen Of Katwe: A Story Of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl’s Rise From An African Slum by Tim Crothers David Oyelowo and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o star in the true story of a young girl from rural Uganda.
One day in 2005, while desperately searching for food, Phiona is introduced to the game of chess at a mission church. By the age of 11, in 2007, Phiona was her country’s junior chess champion and at 15, her country’s national champion. In September of 2010 she traveled to Siberia, just her second time ever on an airplane, to compete in the Chess Olympiad, the world’s most prestigious team chess event. While there, Phiona proved herself to be on par with the greatest players in the sport.