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Tribeca Film and Well Go Snap Up 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes,' Starring Jessica Biel and Kaya Scodelario

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 13, 2013 at 12:31PM

Tribeca Film and Well Go USA have announced the co-acquisition of North American rights to Francesca Gregorini's psychological thriller "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes," which stars Jessica Biel and Kaya Scodelario ("Wuthering Heights"). The film premiered at Sundance in January.
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"Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes"
"Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes"

Tribeca Film and Well Go USA have announced the co-acquisition of North American rights to Francesca Gregorini's psychological thriller "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes," which stars Jessica Biel and Kaya Scodelario ("Wuthering Heights"). The film premiered at Sundance in January.

In the film, a troubled teen girl (Scodelario) becomes fixated on her neighbor (Biel), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. Alfred Molina ("An Education") and Frances O'Connor ("The Importance of being Earnest") also star. The Sundance program notes for the film describe it as "vacillating between surrealism and realism," as Scodelario's character enters a dreamlike, uncanny world.

Gregorini's previous feature was "Tanner Hall," starring a then-unknown Rooney Mara. The director describes originally writing the "Emanuel" script for Mara, because both she and the actress were "out of a job" following the "Tanner Hall" wrap.

Tribeca and Well Go plan a late 2013 theatrical release, along with on-demand platform availability. 

Watch a clip from the film here.

This article is related to: News, Tribeca Film, Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.