The Truth About Emanuel

The Truth About Emanuel (2013)

Also Known As: Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes

Opened: 01/10/2014 Limited

Early Release09/06/2013 - 09/12/20137 days
Royal01/10/2014 - 01/16/20147 days
Village East01/10/2014 - 01/16/20147 days

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Genre: Thriller

Rated: Unrated


Emanuel (Scodelario), a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbor (Biel), 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.

Director's Statement

At its core "Emanuel..." is about salvation and redemption. Unable or unwilling to save ourselves, we rise to the challenge to save another and in so doing ultimately save ourselves.

"Emanuel..." is a tale that unfolds and unravels in secrets; the secrets we keep from each other and the secrets we keep from ourselves (often the most dangerous variety), creating blind-spots that will at best keep us from moving forward, at worst derail us completely.

In many ways this film is a choreographed piece between sorrow and fantasy; a haunting dance between its two main characters, Linda and Emanuel.

The subject matter of this work is loosely drawn from my personal landscape. As a director, part of my strength comes from my ability to fully inhabit the material, because as the writer, it is born of me, of my subconscious, of my demons. But it is in the communication and collaboration with the actors and department heads that the orchestra in my head is given its true voice.

"Emanuel..." is aesthetically bold and sonically rich, set to a patient but expectant pace, capturing the interplay between fear and seduction; like an invitation, saturated with possibility, somewhere between the hope of a genuine human connection and the dread of an unwell underbelly being exposed. A world layered with subtext and heavy with mood, grounded in true human emotion and yet flexible enough to stretch its wings into magical realism.

About the Director

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 "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes" (Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, Alfred Molina) was selected for the US Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival (2013).