The semi-autobiographical film follows the formative years of a young man as he discovers a shattering family secret, causing him to use movies as a means to help him see the truth about others and himself. Spielberg based the film on his own early years in Arizona and co-wrote the script with “Lincoln,” “Munich” and “West Side Story” screenwriter Tony Kushner.
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On Saturday, “The Fabelmans” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, earning a standing ovation in the crowd of movie lovers, who cheered loudly for the Oscar-winning auteur as he made his first appearance at the Canadian gathering.
Spielberg introduced the film, saying, “75 years of life experience went into this.”
Movies are dreams that you never forget 🎥#TheFabelmans directed by Steven Spielberg.
Starring Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen and Gabriel LaBelle.
In theaters everywhere Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/OkFlSCp2yl
— The Fabelmans (@thefabelmans) September 11, 2022
“The Fabelmans” stars Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle, Jeannie Berlin, Julia Butters, Robin Bartlett, Keeley Karsten and Judd Hirsch.
In Variety’s review, Peter Debruge praised “The Fabelmans,” writing “the master of escapist entertainment gets personal in this 150-minute self-portrait, crafting a loving homage to the complicated relationship with his parents that has informed so much of his work.”
“The Fabelmans” is Spielberg’s directorial follow-up to 2021’s “West Side Story.” Although the musical adaptation saw little success at the box office, it earned critical acclaim and scored seven Oscar nominations, including best picture and director. At the Oscars, Ariana DeBose made history by becoming the first openly queer woman of color to win the award for best actress in a supporting role.
Once again, Spielberg’s newest film is sure to be a contender come awards season. “The Fabelmans” is currently set to hit theaters on Nov. 11.
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