Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes was announced last night as one of the sixteen films premiering at Sundance in the US Dramatic Competition category, and with a cast led by Kaya Scodelario (Moon) and Jessica Biel (The Illusionist), it is certainly one to look forward to.
Written and directed by Francesca Gregorini (Tanner Hall), the film sees rising young star Scodelario take the lead as the eponymous Emanuel.
“Emanuel, a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper.”
Starring alongside Scodelario and Biel will be a promising cast, headed up by Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Frances O’Connor (A.I. Artificial Intelligence), Jimmi Simpson (Date Night), and Aneurin Barnard (Citadel).
Gregorini will be facing some strong competition in the same category, with a handful of very promising films all making their world debut too, including James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, and Brie Larson in his follow-up to this year’s Oscar-buzzed Smashed; John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsberg; David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, led by Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, and Ben Foster; and Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ellen Page, and Scoot McNairy, in the writer-director’s follow-up to her award winning Your Sister’s Sister.
It’s going to be an exciting week and a half for festivalgoers out in Utah, and I am incredibly jealous to those lucky enough to be going. The line-up looks fantastic, and Gregorini’s Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes is amongst the most promising.
Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes will be making its world debut at Sundance, and here’s to hoping that it might be heading our way soon in the UK with Sundance London being held in April. For now, here are the first images from the film, which you can click through to enlarge.