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.
Dates and times
- 26 April – 9.00pm
- 27 April – 2.45pm
- 28 April – 12.15pm
Director: Francesca Gregorini
Screenwriter: Francesca Gregorini
Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel, Alfred Molina, Frances O'Connor, Jimmi Simpson, Aneurin Barnard
About the Director
Raised in Rome, the English countryside, and Los Angeles, writer/director Francesca Gregorini brings a worldly and passionate sensibility to her filmmaking. Her character-driven films are visceral, darkly humorous, and stylistically bold and have touches of the magical and surreal. A Brown University graduate with a major in theatre arts, Gregorini sold scripts to both HBO and Paramount Pictures before cohelming her directorial debut, Tanner Hall, with Tatiana von Furstenberg. The film was an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009. Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes is Gregorini’s first solo directing effort.
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