Category Archives: Films

Oscars reading list

Several of last night’s Academy Award winners were based on books you can find in the Bestsellers collection at the UC LIbrary:

And for a more Canadian perspective on the events behind Argo, in our regular collection we have: Our man in Tehran : Ken Taylor, the CIA and the Iran Hostage crisis.

Speaking of movies, here’s a photo of our recent display about Canadian film books and this year’s Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor, Sarah Polley.

display of books about Canadian film

Sarah Polley wins award for best Canadian film of 2012

What great news that Sarah Polley’s wonderful documentary Stories We Tell has won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s $100,000 prize for the best Canadian film of 2012! At University College we are very lucky to have Sarah Polley as this year’s Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor.

For some interesting quotes about Stories We Tell and Sarah Polley’s other feature films, see the following links to my Canadian Women Film Directors Database:

From page to screen

Here are four novels in the UC Library collection whose film adaptations were shown at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival — including two I saw. (I admit I was excited that one of the screenings, “Mr. Pip,” featured a Q&A with Hugh Laurie!)

  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid    book    film
  • Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones    book    film
  • Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell    book    film
  • Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy    book    film

book cover: Mr. Pip

Mansfield Park

Last night I saw Mansfield Park (for the third time) at the TIFF Lightbox — it was part of their Books on Film Club series about novels adapted into films, hosted by Eleanor Wachtel.  After the screening there was a great on-stage interview with the director, Patricia Rozema.

If you’re curious about this daring adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, you can borrow the DVD from Media Commons, and you’ll find quotations about the film, plus a bibliography, in my Canadian Women Film Directors Database.


Quebec director Denis Villeneuve’s film “Incendies” (which I saw the other day at the TIFF Lightbox) has been nominated for an Academy Award. It’s based on the play of the same title by Wajdi Mouawad, and we have the English translation of the play at Laidlaw Library: Scorched.

This is the fifth time a Canadian film has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film; the other nominees were “Le Déclin de l’empire américain”, “Jésus de Montréal”, “Les Invasions barbares” (which went on to win the Oscar), and “Water”.

Hot Docs

Today the Hot Docs audience award winner (and nine runners-up) were announced. My own favourite among the films I saw at Hot Docs this year was The Experimental Eskimos, about three Inuit men who as 12-year-old boys in the ’60s were sent away from their families and community to school in Ottawa, as part of a secret “experiment” by the federal government.

Quebec City and Robert Lepage

I was in Quebec City last week for an international librarians’ conference,  and I really enjoyed Robert Lepage’s art installation about Quebec’s history (created in honour of the city’s 400th anniversary).  Historical photos, films, and animations are projected onto enormous grain silos at 10 p.m. each night.

Speaking of Robert Lepage, if you like Quebec City, a neat pair of movies to watch one after the other are  Hitchcock’s I Confess and Robert Lepage’s Le Confessional.  They both take place in Quebec City, and the Lepage film contains interesting references to the Hitchcock film.