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‘The Fabelmans’ Wins the 2022 TIFF People’s Choice Award

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Steven Spielberg‘s The Fabelmans has won the People’s Choice Award at the 2022 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. The film held its world premiere on September 10th at the Princess of Wales Theatre, and is considered as a strong contender to win Best Picture at next year’s Academy Award ceremony. Joey was certainly high on it, raving here out of the festival.

The movie tells the story of Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel LaBelle), a young man who aspires to become a filmmaker while growing up in Arizona. He discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth. The plot of the film is based on Spielberg’s own childhood and youth.

The acclaimed director behind Jaws and Jurassic Park had been planning to make a movie based on his childhood for quite some time, even going back to discussing the idea in 1999. “My big fear is that my mom and dad won’t like it and will think it’s an insult and won’t share my loving yet critical point of view about what it was like to grow up with them.” was what Spielberg told The New Zealand Herald back then.

The Fabelmans will receive a limited theatrical release on November 11th, before being available nationwide on November 23rd. It will be the first of Spielberg’s films distributed by Universal since 2005’s Munich. John Williams was responsible for creating the movie’s original score.

Runner Ups for the Audience Award were Sarah Polley‘s Women Talking (reviewed here), as well as Rian Johnson‘s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (reviewed here).

The Midnight Madness category gave its top prize to Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, with one of the runner ups being Pearl (reviewed here).

Source: TIFF Press Release, The New Zealand Herald.


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