Book vs Film: TIFF 2012 edition

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I’ve been a volunteer with the Toronto International Film Festival for a few years now. I used to just attend the festival as a regular ticket holder, but now that I’ve seen the behind-the-scenes action I’m hooked. It’s also fun to meet a bunch of people who love film and, more importantly, love talking about film. No one-word reviews from this crowd. TIFF volunteers will go into details about what they liked and didn’t like for every movie they saw. And usually, that’ s a lot.

Last year during the festival I managed to see a ton of movies, but this year it hasn’t been as easy for me to schedule in all the ones I really wanted to see. There are five films in particular that I really wanted to watch, and surprise surprise, they’re all based on books.

To view trailers for these films and more, visit

Anna Karenina
written by Leo Tolstoy
directed by Joe Wright

Cloud Atlas
written by David Mitchell
directed by Andy & Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer

What Maisie Knew
written by Henry James
directed by David Siegel and Scott McGehee

Dangerous Liaisons
written by Choderlos de Laclos
directed by Hur Jin-ho

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
written and directed by Stephen Chbosky

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