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Toronto Film Fest showcases literary tried and true

Published on Sep 8, 2012 7:05 PM

TORONTO (REUTERS) - Call it renewed appreciation for literary classics or merely further evidence of Hollywood shying away from unproven material, but this year's Toronto Film Festival slate is heavy with literary adaptations, some of which may make a splash during Oscar season.

Cloud Atlas, and Silver Linings Playbook, both based on recent best-sellers, are among the most eagerly anticipated titles set to unspool at the festival, which is considered part of the opening bell for the Hollywood awards season.

Classic novels, such as Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, and Jack Kerouac's On The Road, are also experiencing new interpretations on celluloid.

Among the most eagerly anticipated is Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children, based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Salman Rushdie about India's independence from British rule in 1947 and subsequent partition of the country.

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