added: Wed, Jan 11th '17
Check out the newly released U.S. trailer for the bittersweet Irish drama "My Name Is Emily," starring Evanna Lynch (from the "Harry Potter" films) as a young teenage Irish girl who runs away from her foster home to reunite with her mentally deteriorating father (played by Irish character actor Michael Smiley; of "Kill List" and "A Field in England").
Co-starring George Webster, the indie film is written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice, who, prior to this movie, won several festival awards for his short films.
Fitzmaurice has a unique and touching story of his own. Back in 2008, he was diagnosed with the motor neuron disease known as ALS and was given only four years to live. Instead of letting his illness get the better of him, Fitzmaurice focused his attention on his work and wrote the screenplay for "My Name Is Emily."
Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign that included a few celebrity endorsements (the late Alan Rickman and Colin Farrell), Fitzmaurice, despite his physical limitations, was able to direct his feature film debut with "Emily," which premiered to mostly positive reviews at the 2015 Galway Film Festival in Ireland.
Fitzmaurice's inspirational story is, in fact, the subject of a new documentary called "It's Not Yet Dark," which is narrated by fellow Irishman Colin Farrell and is expected to screen at Sundance this month.
Meanwhile, "Emily" will be making its US debut in a couple of weeks, hitting theaters on February 17th and Digital on February 24th.
Emily has been living in a foster home ever since her father was institutionalized after her mother's death. Still, she keeps in touch with him through the birthday cards he sends her every year. As Emily starts at a new school, she catches the attention of her shy classmate Arden. When her father doesn't send a birthday card on her 16th birthday, Emily decides to take matters into her own hands. Enlisting Arden's help, she runs away, and the pair set out on a road trip to break her father out of the psych ward. As their journey progresses, Emily and Arden must depend on each other as they learn about life, love, loss, and letting go.
directed by Simon Fitzmaurice
starring Evanna Lynch, Michael Smiley, George Webster
release date February 17, 2017 (US theaters) February 24, 2017 (on Digital)