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Following its impressive win of the people’s choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival, “American Fiction” has decided to reschedule its limited theatrical release. Originally planned for a limited opening on November 3, with expansions on November 10 and 17, the film will now debut on December 15 and expand further on December 22. This decision aims to capitalize on the holiday season, giving the film a better chance to reach a broader audience.
MGM, the studio behind the film, made the announcement, marking the directorial debut of Cord Jefferson. The satirical dramedy, featuring Jeffrey Wright in a lead role, garnered enthusiastic praise at the Toronto Film Festival and secured the prestigious people’s choice award on September 17. This recognition has significantly boosted its prospects for the upcoming Oscars. It’s worth noting that past winners of this award, including “Green Book,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “Nomadland,” have gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Variety’s film critic Peter Debruge, in his review, commented on the film’s transformation from Percival Everett’s 2001 novel “Erasure,” noting, “First published in 2001 (the year after Spike Lee’s confrontational satire came out), Percival Everett’s novel ‘Erasure’ had fangs. Jefferson files them down — not necessarily a bad thing, since the accomplished TV writer (who worked as a story editor on ‘Master of None’ and ‘Watchmen’) sets out to prove that audiences will embrace a more nuanced look at Black identity. His greatest ally in this is no less an actor than Jeffrey Wright, whose understated performance here ranks among his best.”
“American Fiction” serves as a searing satire of the treatment of Black narratives within the publishing industry. Alongside Jeffrey Wright, the film boasts an impressive ensemble cast featuring Tracee Ellis Ross, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Sterling K. Brown, Myra Lucretia Taylor, John Ortiz, Issa Rae, and Adam Brody. The film’s rescheduled release date positions it to make a significant impact during the holiday season.