Truth About Emanuel, The Directed
Francesca Gregorini USA / 2013 / 95 minutes
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Director Francesca Gregorini pulls audiences underwater and into a world of fragility and twisted perceptions in this sophomore feature starring Jessica Biel (7th Heaven) and Kaya Scodelario (Skins).
Linda is a new mother in a new town who manages to find companionship in her neighbor Emanuel, a troubled teenager who refuses to forgive herself for the death of her own mother. Emanuel quickly becomes Linda’s closest friend and confidant when she begins baby sitting Linda’s infant daughter Chloe, immersing herself into Linda’s personal life as she grows increasingly distant from her own family. Gregorini follows Emanuel’s search for intimacy, whether it be from the false maternal presence that Linda provides or the delicate yet distant affections from Claude, a boy from the train who catches her eye. As Emanuel grows closer to Linda, she finds herself drowned in the secrets of Linda’s jarring reality and the women struggle to stay afloat as old memories tempt their lost minds beneath the waves. –Chandra Knotts
Raised in Rome, Los Angeles, and the English countryside, Francesca Gregorini brings a worldly, passionate and unique sensibility to her filmmaking. Her character-driven films are visceral and darkly humorous, stylistically bold, with undertones of the magical/surreal. A Brown University graduate with a Theater Arts major, Francesca sold scripts to both HBO and Paramount before co-helming her directorial debut Tanner Hall (Rooney Mara), which was an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival (2009). Her latest film The Truth About Emanuel (Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, Alfred Molina) was selected for the US Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival (2013).
Cast/Featuring: Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, Alfred Molina, Frances O'Connor, Jimmi Simpson, Aneurin Barnard
Executive Producer(s): Jonathan Gray, Alice Bamford, Olga Segura, Juan Carlos Segura G, Kevin Iwashina, Julia Godzinskaya
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