Although relatively shrouded in secrecy since its production last year, with a premiere just a few days away, we’re now getting a few more details on Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical tale The Fabelmans. Set for a world premiere at TIFF in just a few days, followed by an AFI Fest closing slot in early November, it’ll then arrive in theaters on November 11.
The 151-minute film shot by Janusz Kamiński and featuring a score by John Williams stars Gabriel LaBelle as Sammy Fabelman, with an ensemble cast including Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Judd Hirsch, Jeannie Berlin, and David Lynch, the first image has now arrived above while TIFF has the most detailed synopsis yet courtesy of their official blurb. While we await the premiere and first trailer, check it out below as written by Jane Schoettle.
Steven Spielberg’s most personal film yet is based on the master director’s childhood passion for moviemaking, and the family dynamics that found their way into his work.
Steven Spielberg comes to the Festival for the first time with his most personal film yet. The Fabelmans finds the director reflecting on the experiences that made him the filmmaker we know and love, in a story based on his childhood in Arizona.
Gabriel LaBelle gives a breakout performance as the teenage Sammy Fabelman, always desperate for a new piece of gear so he can make ever-bigger movies with his friends. Michelle Williams is the heart of the story as Sammy’s encouraging mother, a skilled pianist. She brings life to their household, a fact Mr. Fabelman (Paul Dano), a computer engineer, finds as enchanting as he does discombobulating. Their family is rounded out by his loveable co-worker Benny (Seth Rogen), who becomes an uncle to Sammy and his sisters, always along for the ride with the Fabelmans. This unique combination of parental figures eventually becomes a source of tension with Sammy at the centre, and that seeps into his creative work.
Instead of chasing sharks or running from giant boulders, Spielberg has Sammy navigating the interpersonal landmines of home and school life, in what may be the most emotionally expansive film of his career. Starting with gunslingers and war stories, the way any Boy Scout in the late 1950s might, Sammy/Spielberg shows us not only what sparked Spielberg’s love for cinema, but also how empathy and human relationships have sneaked their way into the work of this master filmmaker.
The Fabelmans opens on November 11.