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CanLit galore at Toronto's film fest

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off next week, and the lineup features a healthy array of CanLit tie-ins. There’s already been much ballyhoo about Jeremy Podeswa’s adaptation of Anne Michaels’ Fugitive Pieces, and about features based on Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel and Matt Cohen’s Emotional Arithmetic, starring Ellen Burstyn and Susan Sarandon, respectively.

But it doesn’t end there. Also at the festival are a film version of Brad Smith’s novel All Hat and a short film called “Can You Wave Bye-Bye,” which seems to have sprung from Elyse Gasco’s 1999 short-story collection Can You Wave Bye Bye, Baby? (although the TIFF production notes don’t specify that).

Also of note is the film Silent Light, by Mexican director Carlos Reygadas. It’s a Mennonite family saga set in Mexico, and one of the stars is none other than A Complicated Kindness author Miriam Toews. (Silent Light was also accepted at the fairly choosy New York Film Festival, which takes place shortly after TIFF.)

And though there’s no Canadian connection, publishing types will be interested in Obscene, a documentary about Grove Press publisher Barney Rosset and his battles with American censors over such classic novels as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer, and Naked Lunch.

Finally, there’s even a Canadian publishing connection to the “eTalk Tastemakers Green Room,” which is where celebrities attending TIFF will pick up their swag (because it’s about time celebrities got some perks). One of the sponsors (that is, donaters of free stuff) is Random House of Canada, which will be dropping copies of Adria Vasil’s hit Ecoholic into the loot bags.

UPDATE: We missed one. Stalwart Canadian director Bruce McDonald is bringing his new film The Tracey Fragments to the festival; it’s based on Maureen Medved’s novel of the same name.