My Name is Emily

Ireland 2015. Dir: Simon Fitzmaurice. 100 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE | Harry Potter alumnus Evanna Lynch and Ben Wheatley favourite Michael Smiley (Kill List, A Field in England) star in the acclaimed debut feature from best-selling Irish author Simon Fitzmaurice, an intelligent, uplifting, coming-of-age road movie that almost certainly is the first film written and directed by a person afflicted with MND. It traces the journey of a foster-cared teen (Lynch), who, on her 16th birthday, flies the coop, along with a bashful classmate, to search for her institutionalized father (Smiley), a former writer. “Brimming with images of freedom, from the wide open road to the vast expanse of the sea, and buoyed by an arrestingly confident performance from Lynch, My Name is Emily will resonate with the young and young-at-heart alike. This is a stylish and assured film about self-discovery as an ongoing adventure” (Michèle Maheux, Toronto I.F.F.).