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Twelve lit-inspired films to watch for at TIFF

Blue is the Warmest Color

The Toronto International Film Festival has released the titles of 75 feature films that will appear as part of its September 5“15 lineup.

As in previous years, there are plenty of book adaptations and literary-inspired films. Based on the plot descriptions provided by TIFF, here are 12 to watch for:

The Art of the Steal: A motorcycle stuntman and art thief partners with his brother to steal one of the most valuable books in the world. Directed by Jonathan Sobol, and starring Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, Kurt Russell, and Terence Stamp.

Kill Your Darlings: This is the “previously untold story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), and William Burroughs (Ben Foster) at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that would lead to their Beat Revolution.”

Life of Crime: Daniel Schechter’s closing-night film is based on the novel The Switch by Elmore Leonard, in which two 1970s Detroit criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer. Starring John Hawkes, yasiin bey (Mos Def), Jennifer Aniston, and Tim Robbins.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: Idris Elba stars as Nelson Mandela in this biopic based on the former South African president’s autobiography.

The Railway Man: An adaptation of Eric Lomax’s memoir The Railway Man, which recalls his time as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during the Second World War, and his relationship with an interpreter, whom he holds responsible for his ill treatment. Stars Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, and Nicole Kidman.

The Right Kind of Wrong: A Canadian rom-com directed by Jeremiah Chechik, about a failed-writer-turned-dishwasher and “fearless dreamer who risks everything to show the girl of his dreams all that is right with the wrong guy.” Starring Ryan Kwanten, Sara Canning, and Catherine O’Hara.

Blue Is The Warmest Color: This French-language film, adapted from a graphic novel by Belgian artist Julie Maroh, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Look for an English-language adaptation of the book, to be published by Vancouver’s Arsenal Pulp Press, this fall.

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza): Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, this Italian-language film is about a handsome, charming, but aging novelist who picks up a pen again after years of frustration.

The Invisible Woman: Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in this film about a mother and teacher (Felicity Jones), who is haunted by her past as a muse for Charles Dickens (Fiennes) and his passion for the theatre.

Joe: David Gordon Green adapts Larry Brown’s novel Big Bad Love, casting Nicolas Cage as an ex-con who takes a hard-luck kid (Tye Sheridan) under his wing.

Philomena: Stephen Frears directs this biopic based on The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, a non-fiction book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith. Judi Dench plays Lee, mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock and subsequently given away for adoption, who enlists the help of Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) to help track down her long-lost child.

Violette: In Martin Provost’s France/Belgium co-production, author Violette Leduc meets Simone de Beauvoir in postwar Saint-Germain-des-Près, resulting in an intense lifelong relationship.