‘American Fiction’ Starring Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown, and More to Premiere at TIFF


The upcoming film “American Fiction,” is set to make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Directed by Cord Jefferson in his feature film directorial debut, the satirical film centers around the stories we choose to tell and the narratives that shape our perceptions of race and community.

Based on Percival Everett’s acclaimed novel “Erasure,” the film follows the journey of Thelonious “Monk” Ellison, portrayed by Jeffrey Wright. Monk is a respected author and English literature professor who finds himself at odds with the expectations of the publishing world. As his latest novel is deemed “not Black enough” by publishers, Monk grapples with the intersection of his artistic integrity and the commercial demands of the industry.

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The story takes a poignant turn when Monk’s family faces tragedy and his ailing mother requires care beyond their means. In a moment of defiance, Monk creates a pseudonymous novel laden with Black clichés, only to witness its rapid success and Hollywood’s eager interest. Cord Jefferson’s directorial debut weaves a captivating narrative that delves into the consequences of Monk’s actions and the intricate web of authenticity, race, and societal progress.

The supporting cast features notable performances by Tracee Ellis Ross, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Adam Brody, Keith David, Issa Rae, and Sterling K. Brown.

Tracee Ellis Ross plays the role of Lisa, Erika Alexander takes on the character Coraline, Leslie Uggams portrays Agnes, Sterling K. Brown embodies Cliff, Myra Lucretia Taylor appears as Lorraine, John Ortiz plays Arthur, Issa Rae takes on Sintara, and Adam Brody portrays Wiley.

The film’s executive producers include Rian Johnson, Ram Bergman, and Percival Everett. Ben LeClair, Nikos Karamigios, Cord Jefferson, and Jermaine Johnson are attached as producers

“American Fiction” is a collaboration between Orion Pictures, MRC, T-Street, Almost Intimate, and 3 Arts Entertainment, showcasing a blend of artistic prowess and creative vision. With an original score by Laura Karpman and sound design by Mandell Winter.

The world premiere of “American Fiction” at the Toronto International Film Festival marks a significant moment for the exploration of marginalized voices and the nuances of authenticity in storytelling.

For more information about the film and its screening schedule at the Toronto International Film Festival, please visit [official film website or festival website].

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