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The Award Season Reading List: A guide to the books hitting the big screen this year

No news from the Western Front (Netflix)

No news from the Western Front

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Director Edward Berger has a new take on Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 World War I novel, the first German-language adaptation of the anti-war classic.

Blond (Netflix)

Blond

Blond

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Andrew Dominik’s Marilyn Monroe biopic, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, has generated both raves and pans. Oates himself tweeted in support of the movie on Sept. 30, saying “not all movies are bound to draw uplifting conclusions.”

Bones and all (United Artists)

Bones and all

Bones and all

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Based on Camille DeAngelis’ 2015 novel, Luca Guadagnino’s 1980s feature film follows a pair of young cannibals in love as they roam the US

Catherine called Birdy (Prime Video)

Catherine called Birdy

Catherine called Birdy

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Lena Dunham adapted Karen Cushman’s 1994 novel about a 13th-century teenager who rebels against patriarchy. “What I loved about ’90s YA was how it didn’t question the intelligence of young people,” Dunham shared. THR.

Dedication (Sony)

Dedication

Dedication

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Based on the non-fiction book by Adam Makos, director JD Dillard’s film, set during the Korean War, tells the story of Jesse Brown, the first black pilot in the United States Navy.

The good nurse (Netflix)

The good nurse

The good nurse

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Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain play overworked nurses – one of whom is emerging as one of the most prolific serial killers in American history – in this crime thriller based on the book by Charles Graeber.

Lady Chatterley’s lover (Netflix)

Lady Chatterley's lover

Lady Chatterley’s lover

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The crownfrom Emma Corrin and SkinsJack O’Connell directed Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s thrilling adaptation of DH Lawrence’s controversial 1929 classic.

A man named Otto (Sony)

A man named Otto

A man named Otto

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Marc Forster leads this interpretation of the 2013 comic book novel A man named Ove by Swedish writer Fredrik Backman about a man who is thwarted in his suicide attempts by his rambunctious new neighbours.

My police officer (Prime Video)

My police officer

My police officer

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In Michael Grandage’s film based on the 2012 novel by Bethan Roberts, Harry Styles plays a closeted, married police officer who has an affair with a male friend. “The book sold very well,” said Grandage of the news of Styles’ casting. “It was absolutely insane. I thought, ‘Oh my God, that’s this boy’s strength.’ ”

She said (Universal)

She said

She said

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Maria Schrader’s drama tells about the investigation of journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey into Harvey Weinstein. “If Megan and Jodi can walk away feeling good and [the survivors] if you do, then the job is done,” Carey Mulligan, who plays Twohey, shared THR.

White noise (Netflix)

White noise

White noise

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Noah Baumbach tackled Don DeLillo’s supposedly “unadaptable” 1985 novel. “I couldn’t believe how relevant it felt to the moment,” said the director of the author’s work at the Venice Film Festival.

Women talk (United Artists)

Women talk

Women talk

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“The questions this book raised in my mind stayed with me for a long time,” said writer-director Sarah Polley THR from the novel by Miriam Toews, about women in an isolated religious community who struggle with their faith in the aftermath of mysterious assaults.

The miracle (Netflix)

The miracle

The miracle

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Sebastián Lelio’s drama, based on Emma Donoghue’s novel, stars Florence Pugh as an English nurse who ventures to an Irish town to observe a young girl who miraculously claims not to have eaten for months.

This story first appeared in the November 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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