U.S. Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s "The Fabelmans" to Close AFI Fest 2022

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Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that Universal Pictures' and Amblin Entertainment's THE FABELMANS, directed by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, will close the AFI FEST 2022.

The film is co-written by Spielberg and Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner and is produced by Academy Award® nominee Kristie Macosko Krieger, Spielberg, and Kushner.


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THE FABELMANS stars four-time Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle and Academy Award® nominee Judd Hirsch. The ensemble cast includes Oscar® nominee Jeannie Berlin, Julia Butters, Robin Bartlett and Keeley Karsten, with music by Academy Award® winner John Williams, cinematography by Academy Award® winner Janusz Kamiński (AFI Class of 1987) and editing by Oscar® winner Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar (AFI Class of 2005). The film's production designer is Academy Award® winner Rick Carter and the costume designer is Oscar® winner Mark Bridges.

THE FABELMANS arrives in theaters beginning November 11, 2022.


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"AFI FEST is where magic happens," said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. "And there is no greater cinematic magician than Steven Spielberg. We are honored to celebrate his return to the festival with this intimately powerful film that will send the audience's spirits soaring. 

Now in its 36th year, AFI FEST 2022 will take place exclusively in person in Los Angeles from November 2-6. 

Tickets and passes to AFI FEST 2022 will be available in October on FEST.AFI.com. AFI Members receive exclusive early access to purchase passes and tickets and other exclusive benefits. To become an AFI member, visit AFI.com/join/.


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About the American Film Institute (AFI)

The American Film Institute (AFI) is a nonprofit organization with a mandate to champion the moving image as an art form. Established in 1967, AFI launched the first comprehensive history of American film and sparked the movement for film preservation in the United States. In 1969, AFI opened the doors of the AFI Conservatory, a graduate-level program to train narrative filmmakers. 

The Conservatory, which counts Deniese Davis, Affonso Gonçalves, Susannah Grant, Matthew Libatique, David Lynch, Melina Matsoukas and Rachel Morrison as Alumni, is ranked the #1 film school in America. AFI's enduring traditions include the AFI Life Achievement Award, which honors the masters for work that has stood the test of time; AFI AWARDS, which celebrates the creative ensembles of the most outstanding screen stories of the year; and scholarly efforts such as the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive that preserve film history for future generations.

AFI exhibition programs include AFI FEST, AFI DOCS and year-round exhibition at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Maryland. AFI Movie Club is a destination for movie lovers from around the world to celebrate and engage with the art form every day. Other pioneering programs include workshops aimed at increasing diversity in the storytelling community, including AFI DWW+ and the AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women. Read about all of these programs and more at AFI.com and follow us on social media at Facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstituteYouTube.com/AFITwitter.com/AmericanFilm and Instagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute.


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About AFI FEST
Now in its 36th year, AFI FEST is a world-class event, showcasing the best films from across the globe. This year's edition takes place in Los Angeles from November 2-6, 2022.  With an innovative slate of programming, the five-day festival presents screenings, panels and conversations, featuring both master filmmakers and new cinematic voices.  AFI FEST includes high-profile films with Q&As featuring the films' cast and crew and a robust lineup of fiction and nonfiction features and shorts, providing a one-of-a-kind experience for movie fans.  Additional information about AFI FEST is available FEST.AFI.com. Connect with AFI FEST at Facebook.com/AFIFESTTwitter.com/AFIFESTInstagram/AmericanFilmInstituteTikTok/@AmericanFilmInstitute and YouTube.com/AFI.

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