4 September 2020

Book Adaptations at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival

We aren't making it to TIFF this year to our horror because of the global pandemic and the birth of Meg's son, but we still loving doing this list every year because it adds a few books to our wish list. The number of movies has been reduced (for obvious reasons), but here's a look at the movies adapted from books this year!

The first thing I put off on my pandemic to-do list was to watch The Wire starring Idris Elba. He's a great actor and we'd like to see more stuff with him in it. Elba is the star of Concrete Cowboy, the movie adapted from Neri's book, and it's about a young boy who moves to Philadelphia to live with his father and learn about the local urban cowboys. We are already intrigued... 

My boyfriend actually has this book already, so it will be easy enough to check this one out! This will be a documentary based on Thomas King's book and will look at the history of indigenous people in Canada. A timely read and watch!

Chloe Zhao directs this adaptation starring Frances McDormand based on a nonfiction book by Jessica Bruder. Zhao is a director to watch as she was tapped to direct one of the new wave of Marvel movies (Eternals) after her well received writer-director projects (my boyfriend loved The Rider). Nomadland looks at American workers who travel the country looking for employment. 

We usually stick to book adaptations with this list, but One Night in Miami is Regina King's directorial debut so we had to include it! The movie is based on a play by Kemp Powers and is a fictionalized account of Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, and Sam Cooke celebrating in a hotel room after Sonny Liston wins a boxing title. 

Penguin Bloom stars Naomi Watts as a paralyzed woman struggling to adjust to her new life. The book was written by Bradley Trevor Greive an Australian author whose books are super popular in his native country. This will certainly be an upsetting watch and will most likely be a heartbreaking read. 

Summer of 85 is the title of this French movie based on a young adult book by Aidan Chambers. The book was also published in the 1980s and was apparently one of the first to depict homosexuality published by a major publishing company. The 80s aesthetic always looks great on film and who doesn't love a romance? 

True Mothers is a Japanese movie based on a book of the same name by Mizuki Tsujimura and is about a mother who is contacted by her adopted child's birthmother. I find this subject matter to be super interesting and of all the books mentioned on this list, this would probably be the first one I pick up. 

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