Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:30 p.m.
OPENING NIGHT FEATURE
Dir: Francesca Gregorini
2013, 95 min.
The Truth About Emanuel is a darkly comic, yet dramatic story of a young woman (Kaya Scodelario), troubled by the death of her mother during childbirth. Emanuel feels a strong connection to her new neighbor (Jessica Biel), a single mother with a newborn… and a secret. Through their budding friendship, Emanuel unwittingly enters a surreal, fictional world. The film, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, co-stars Frances O’Connor, Alfred Molina, and Aneurin Barnard.
Distributed by Tribeca Film and Well Go USA.
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” was selected for the US Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival (2013).
Director: Sam Handel
2013, 13 min.
On a sweltering hot day, the very pregnant Maria (Lauren Ambrose) is tested by work schedules, mechanical failures and complex relationships, all conspiring against a desperately needed cooling dip in the river.