Spielberg ‘frightened’ by rise in Jew-hate

THE Fabelmans, Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical drama about his Jewish upbringing, has earned seven Academy Award nominations.

At the UK premiere of the film last week, the legendary filmmaker described the rise in antisemitic incidents as “frightening”.

The film shows some of the antisemitic abuse Spielberg received in his youth.

The 76-year-old, who has received an Oscar nomination for best director, told Sky News: “It has been a problem worldwide because it is certainly a systemic problem in all societies, not just in our country or even here in the UK.

“But antisemitism has been steadily on the rise, I think, since 2015.

“And there’s been a lot of evidence that this isn’t going away any time soon, and that’s frightening.”

The Fabelmans, which opens in the UK today, has been a critical success, but its American box office figures have been disappointing — recouping only half of its £32 million budget.

The film has also been nominated for best picture, and screenplay, for Spielberg and Jewish playwright and...

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