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American Fiction (15) (AD)

A man in a white shirt and glasses looks out over a parking lot, in front of white buildings.

Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, Jeffrey Wright stars in this hilarious comedy drama from director Cord Jefferson.

Thelonious 'Monk' Ellison (Wright) is a struggling Black novelist, continually flabbergasted by feedback from white editors, repeatedly asking for a ‘Black book’. He’s frustrated by the Black stories he sees routinely published, including one by Sintara Golden (Issa Rae) entitled We’s Lives in Da Ghetto.

Tired of reductive views of Blackness, Monk sets about writing a novel which parodies them. After being shocked to discover that there is interest in publishing the novel, he continues to be floored by the subsequent success amongst critics and audiences. 

With Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Score, and both Jeffrey Wright and Sterling K Brown nominated for Best Actor, Cord Jefferson has cemented a name for himself with this directorial debut.

Tagged with: Cinema New releases

USA 2023 dir Cord Jefferson 117min

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