Steven Spielberg will make his TIFF debut with The Fabelmans


Steven Spielberg is coming to the Toronto International Film Festival.

Organizers say the 75-year-old Hollywood director will make his first TIFF appearance with the semi-autobiographical drama The Fabelmansstarring Michelle Williams, Paul Dano and Vancouver-born Seth Rogen.

The 20th-century coming-of-age tale draws inspiration from Spielberg’s youth in Arizona with the story of a young man, played by Gabriel LaBelle, who uncovers a heartbreaking family secret just as he discovers the power the cinema.

Spielberg co-wrote The Fabelmanshis first screenwriting effort since the 2001 sci-fi epic AI Artificial Intelligence. He worked alongside his frequent collaborator Tony Kushner, who wrote Munich, lincoln and West Side Story.

Each of these films launched major awards campaigns upon release, but all skipped premieres at TIFF, one of the biggest launch pads for the Oscar.

TIFF is scheduled to take place September 8-18 this year, while The Fabelmans will arrive in theaters at the end of November.