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14 lit-inspired films to watch for at TIFF 2014

Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel Madame Bovary receives two film treatments at TIFF this year. Sophie Barthes directs an adaptation of the book starring Mia Wasikowska as the title character alongside Paul Giamatti. Coco before Chanel director Anne Fontaine directs a modern interpretation, Gemma Bovery, set in a provincial Norman town.

The Golden Era: Set amid a turbulent China of the 1930s, Hong Kong director Ann Hui’s film portrays the early life of Xiao Hong, who shunned the social constraints of the times to become a celebrated novelist and political critic.

The Voices: Acclaimed graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) directs this horror-comedy, in the mode of Tim Burton and John Waters. Ryan Reynolds stars as a shipping clerk in the fictional American town of Milton who goes off his anti-psychotic meds.

This Is Where I Leave You: Montreal-born Shawn Levy directs this adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s novel, which features an impressive cast (Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, and others).

Still Alice: Julianne Moore (who also appears in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars alongside Mia Wasikowska) portrays a Columbia University professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Alec Baldwin co-star in this adaptation of Lisa Genova’s novel.