American Fiction

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American Fiction

Nominated for 5 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Adapted from Percival Everett’s novel Erasure, Cord Jefferson’s hilarious directorial debut confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who’s fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.

"A triumphant satire about race, exploitation, family and identity that’s as rich and captivating as [Wright's] tour-de-force."
Nick Schager, The Daily Beast
"With American Fiction, Cord Jefferson crafts a hilarious and withering satire about an African American novelist chafing against an industry that limits Black storytelling to trauma and poverty narratives."
Radheyan Simonpillai , The Guardian

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