Director Steven Spielberg joined his all-star cast on the red carpet on a rainy Thursday night for the Los Angeles premiere of the biography drama film, Lincoln.

In the film, Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis, in a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th American president’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

“This is the most important thing is to get Lincoln done right,” said Spielberg, “to get Lincoln in a kind of, not in a parallel universe with today, but to hold a mirror up to what is happening today politically, with the government and in people’s homes. This movie really is about how democracy works. There is real drama in democracy and that is what this film tries to exemplify.”

The filmmaker’s passion for the film was something that inspired the cast and crew.

“I love people who love what they do and who throw themselves into it,” explained Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played Lincoln’s oldest son, Robert in the film.

“Daniel Day-Lewis does that unlike any other actor alive. Steven Spielberg approached everyday with such glee, clearly so happy to come to work every morning. Every shot that he set up you could tell that he just loved. He loves movies. That’s fun, that’s what makes it fun and the work better.”

Daniel Day-Lewis, who’s portrayal of Lincoln has generated an Oscar “buzz,” earned high praise from co-star Sally Field.

“I was completely Mary and he was completely Mr. Lincoln,” said Field, when asked what it was like working on set. “I don’t think he ever observed me anything other than that and I never observed him anything other than that. I have never felt there was another person on the set, other than Mr. Lincoln and occasionally there was Mr. Spielberg scurrying along on the ground.”

Lincoln
is based in part on author Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

The film’s Thursday night premiere, held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, acted as the closing night screening for the AFI film Festival.

Lincoln opens Nov. 16.