Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes

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The Truth About Emanuel
The Truth about Emanuel film poster.png
Directed by Francesca Gregorini
Produced by Matt R. Brady
Francesca Gregorini
Screenplay by Francesca Gregorini
Starring Jessica Biel
Kaya Scodelario
Alfred Molina
Frances O'Connor
Music by Nathan Larson
Cinematography Polly Morgan
Edited by Antony Langdon
MRB Productions
Pisces Rising Productions
Rooks Nest Entertainment
Release dates
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4,404[1]

The Truth About Emanuel (previously Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes) is a 2013 drama thriller indie film written, directed and produced by Francesca Gregorini.[2] The film stars Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, Alfred Molina, Jimmi Simpson, Aneurin Barnard and Frances O'Connor. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2013.[3]


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.




Rooney Mara was set to play the title character, Emanuel, before Kaya Scodelario replaced her as the lead.[4]


Filming took place in Los Angeles, California, between 23 January 2012 and 26 February 2012.


"The Truth About Emanuel" premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2013. The film was also shown at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in April 2013, the 2013 Bend Film Festival, in November at the Denver Film Festival, and in several other film festivals in US, UK and Brazil. The film was released in US theaters on January 10, 2014 and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 25, 2014.


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 40% of critics gave the film a positive review with an average score of 5.7 out of 10 based on five reviews.[5]


Writer, director and producer Francesca Gregorini earned a nomination at the Sundance Film Festival for 2013 Grand Jury Prize – Dramatic.[6]

Francesca Gregorini also earned the Best Feature Director prize at the 2013 L.A. Femme Film Festival.

The film earned awards at the 2013 Ashland Independent Film Festival and 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival.


  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=truthaboutemanuel.htm
  2. ^ Chitwood, Adam (29 November 2012). "Sundance 2013: First Images from EMANUEL AND THE TRUTH ABOUT FISHES, FRUITVALE, IN A WORLD, and MAY IN THE SUMMER". Collider. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Chitwood, Adam (28 November 2012). "2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Lineups for U.S. and World Competitions and NEXT Sections". Collider. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Sneider, Jeff (13 December 2011). "Kaya Scodelario has 'Fishes' to fry". Variety. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes | Festival Program". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 

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