Alice Munro, who won the Nobel Prize for literature Thursday, is seen as a titan of the short story, thanks to collections including “Dance of the Happy Shades” and “The Beggar Maid.”
She also has had an occasional—and recent--influence on film. Munro’s 2001 story “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” was the basis of this year’s
The film features a personality one wouldn’t necessarily associate with Munro or the Nobel:
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Adapted by Mark Jude Poirier and directed by Liza Johnson, “Hateship” follows Wiig’s Johanna, a housekeeper for an aging man (
The movie received solid reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, with Variety calling it a “delicate and absorbing character study.”
The 82-year-old Munro, who lives several hours north of the festival in Ontario, was not able to attend the premiere. But in red-carpet interviews Wiig noted the Munro connection and said that acting in an adaptation of a Munro story was making use of “a different muscle, and I’ve always wanted to do it."
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It’s not the first time Munro’s work made the trip to the screen. Previously, her aging-themed “The Bear Came Over the Mountain” became the acclaimed 2006 Sarah Polley film “Away From Her,” which garnered screenplay and acting nominations at the
Nobel Prize literature winners tend not to be associated with many films. Harold Pinter, the 2005 laureate, is a rare exception, with his work often making it to the screen, as is 1998 winner Jose Saramago, who has seen novels such as “
Gunter Grass, who won in 1999, is a Nobel laureate with one of the more famous filmic adaptations: his wartime coming-of-age novel “The Tin Drum” turned into the 1979 Volker Schlondorff movie that won the Palme d’Or and the Oscar for foreign-language film.
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