Steven Spielberg

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The Fablemans gave director Steven Spielberg a chance to share his life story with the world, as well as time to deal with the loss of his parents.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” the award-winning filmmaker said at the movie’s world-premiere screening at the Toronto International Film Festival 2022 on Saturday night. 

“I didn’t know when I would get around to this. It is not because I decided to retire, and this is my swan song, don’t believe that. Tony [Kushner] and I started talking about this possibility when we were making Lincoln together, then Tony kind of performed the function of a therapist, and I was his patient.” 

The pair crafted a script that delves into Spielberg’s childhood memories to vividly portray his formative years. At the time, he came to terms with difficult realizations about the relationship progress of his mother, Michelle Williams, and father, Paul Dano. 

Spielberg did this while developing his passion for cinema.

“I thought, if I was going to leave anything behind, what was the thing I need to resolve and unpack about my mom, my dad, and my sisters?” he added. 

“This film, for me, a way of bringing my mom and dad back. And it also brought my sisters, Annie, Susie, and Nancy, closer to me than I ever thought possible. And that was worth making the film.” 

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Spielberg Handed a Round of Applause

At Saturday’s event, following the screening of the film, the audience gave a massive standing ovation, to which Spielberg responded by touching his chest repeatedly in gratitude.

His sisters, whose fictional versions appear throughout the film, also attended the screening. Finally, the director asked them to get up from their seats so that the audience could take a closer look and applaud.

The Fablemans also stars Seth Rogen, Judd Hirsch, Julia Butters, and David Lynch. It is expected to be a massive player in the upcoming awards race, with considerable Oscar talk already circulating throughout the industry for Spielberg’s direction and his cast’s performances. 

The Fablemans, produced by Universal, will premiere on November 11.

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