steven spielberg He focused his camera, for the first time on himself. Or more specifically towards his own childhood, from the bad relationship between his parents to the anti-Semitic bullying, in The Fabelmans, a highly personal feature film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). In Uruguay, its premiere is announced, on the pages of Movie, for February 23, 2023.
At 75, Spielberg is widely considered one of Hollywood’s greatest living directors, author of such classics as Jaws and ET the alien. Based on his childhood in Arizona, this coming-of-age drama explores the family secrets of a young man with a passion for film and stars, among others, michelle williams, paul dano Y seth roden.
Before an enthusiastic audience on Saturday, Spielberg explained that he had wanted to make a very personal film for a long time, but what had finally motivated him had been the “fear” of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I don’t think anyone knew in March or April 2020 where the art, the life, would be, even a year later,” Spielberg said.
“I just felt like if I was going to drop something, what was it that I really needed to figure out and unpack about my mom and dad and sisters?” she said after the screening at TIFF, North America’s largest film festival. North. “It wasn’t now or never, but almost.”
The film is technically semi-autobiographical, following young Sammy Fabelman and his family, though the parallels to Spielberg’s own life could hardly be clearer.
Like the real Spielberg, the Fabelmans move from New Jersey to Arizona and eventually to California, and Sammy falls in love with film and perfects his craft as a young director with the help of willing friends and impromptu camera tricks.
“I was really using glue and saliva, trying to figure out how to put things together,” Spielberg recalled.
The Fabelmans recreates many of the amateur films he made as a teenager.
“On this movie I did all the behind-the-scenes stuff so much better than the 8mm movies I’ve shot,” he said. “It was a great replay!”
Although the cinema is a source of comfort and escape for young Sammy, the film does not hide his problems at home, such as the difficulties of the marriage of his parents, played by Michelle Williams and Paul Dano.
Another sequence recalls the anti-Semitic taunts of two bullies at his California high school, a real-life incident that Spielberg said he wanted to include in the film, without giving it center stage.
“Bullying is just one small aspect of my life. Anti-Semitism is an aspect of my life, but it is by no means a dominant force in my life,” she said. “It made me very, very aware of being an ‘outsider’ growing up.”
Spielberg dismissed press reports that this film would be his last.
“It’s not because I’ve decided to retire and this is my swan song (…) don’t believe any of that!” he assured.
Before the screening, Spielberg pointed out that The Fabelmans is his first film to be presented at a film festival, a coup for the Canadian festival that is also usually a prelude to the Oscar.
Known for attracting crowds of moviegoers during its main premieres, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Tiff, has been greatly affected by the covid-19 pandemic and is counting on this edition to recover all its aura.
The festival, which began on Thursday and will end on Sunday, expects a constellation of stars on its red carpet.
Between them, Jennifer Lawrence garnered admirers on Saturday Causewaya film about a veteran trying to reintegrate into civilian life in New Orleans.
Also on the show was Daggers in the Back: The Mystery of the Glass Onion, a sequel to Between Knives and Secrets (2019). In this thriller directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Netflix, Daniel Craig once again plays private detective Benoit Blanc alongside Edward Norton, Ethan Hawke and Jada Pinkett Smith, among others.
“I’m going to keep doing this until Daniel blocks me on his phone,” Johnson joked after the premiere.
Giving out no palms and bears like Cannes or Berlin, but just an audience award, the Canadian festival often sets the pace for Hollywood awards season.