Cord Jefferson and Hilda Rasoula at the premiere of “American Fiction” in Toronto last September 8. / AFP
“American Fantasy,” a satire on race, the media and white people’s consumption of black culture, won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Sunday, cementing its status as a favorite in the Oscar race. .
The film tells the story of Thelonious “The Monk” Ellison, played by Jeffrey Wright, an African-American author who is told by editors that his work is not “black enough.”
So Monk adopts a pseudonym and writes a novel based on what he believes are all clichés about African-American identity. The book is a great success and the author has to face the consequences of his actions.
The first feature film of Cord Jefferson, who worked on such series as “Legacy” and “Watchmen”, is an adaptation of the novel “Erasure” by Percival Everett.
“When I made the film, I hadn’t yet thought about how it would feel when it was released into the world,” Jefferson said in a statement read by festival executive director Cameron Bailey at Sunday’s awards ceremony.
The film will be released in the United States and Canada in November.
In recent years, the TIFF Audience Award has established itself as an important thermometer in the Oscar race: its two winners, “Nomadland” and “Green Book,” won the Oscar for best picture after showing in Toronto.
“Those Who Remain,” a thrilling 1970s comedy-drama about a troubled teacher and his troubled student, and “The Boy and the Heron,” the latest film from Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki, rounded out the awards podium. public year in Toronto.
TIFF, the largest film festival in North America, which opened on September 7 and ends this week, is known for attracting fans of both big stars and moviegoers who want to see films in front of the general public.