Spielberg’s ”The Fabelmans” wins top prize at Toronto Film festival

Steven Spielberg’s deeply personal new movie ”The Fabelmans” secured its position as an early Oscars frontrunner on Sunday, September 18, by winning the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

This is a semi-autobiographical drama based on Spielberg’s childhood, covering his parents’ troubled marriage, anti-Semitic bullying and his early efforts directing zero-budget movies with his teenage friends.

Scheduled to be released in cinema houses in November, ”The Fabelmans” earned a big standing ovation from the audience at its world premiere last weekend at the TIFF.

Spielberg is considered one of Hollywood’s greatest living directors. He has won three Academy Awards: best film and best director for ”Schindler’s List”, and best director again for ”Saving Private Ryan”. He has so far been nominated for 19 Oscars, and will be expected to win more at next year’s Academy Awards, on March 12 in Los Angeles.

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