Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes
Director: Francesca Gregorini
Screenwriters: Francesca Gregorini
- 2013 Sundance Film Festival
- 2013 Sundance London Film and Music Festival
Emanuel, an acerbic but sensitive teen, lives with her father and stepmother. She’s on the verge of another birthday—a day she has never cared for since her mother died giving birth to her—when the mysterious Linda, a young and hip mother, moves in next door. Intrigued by Linda’s striking resemblance to her late mother, Emanuel begins to babysit for Linda’s newborn daughter. As Emanuel and Linda spend more time together, they develop a bond that becomes deeply entwined in a surprising secret Linda harbors.
Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes is a hyperstylized and often darkly humorous film that vacillates between surrealism and realism while it incorporates suspenseful drama. Writer/director Francesca Gregorini’s tightly constructed script fuses pain with poetry and explores the complexity of being complicit in the lives of our loved ones. In a breakout performance, Kaya Scodelario is the heart of the film as Emanuel, who must take a courageous journey to enter her dream and help extract Linda from hers.
(Archives note: see also Francesca Gregorini's Meet The Artist interview on our YouTube Channel.)
- Section: U.S. Dramatic Competition
- Film Type: U.S. Narrative Feature Films
- Country: U.S.A.
- Run Time: 95 min.