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Castle Hill Productions Takes "Emile" for January Roll Out

Castle Hill Productions Takes "Emile" for January Roll Out

by Brian Brooks



Sir Ian McKellen in a scene from Carl Bessai's "Emile," which Castle Hill Productions will open in New York in January. Image courtesy of Castle Hill Productions.


New York and Florida-based film company, Castle Hill Productions has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to Carl Bessai's "Emile," starring two-time Academy Award nominee Sir Ian McKellen ("Lord of the Rings") and Deborah Kara Unger ("Thirteen," "Between Strangers"). The distributor plans a January 7th roll out at the Quad Cinemas in New York, followed by a Los Angeles release thereafter. Casstle Hill Productions' president of marketing and distribution Mel Maron negotiated the deal with Dan Norem of Monarch Home Video.

A Castle Hill release describes the film as centering on Emile (McKellen) who "is given the opportunity to travel to Victoria, B.C. from England to receive an honorary degree at the university. He goes knowing that it might be his last chance to reconnect with his only living relatives. His niece Nadia (Unger) and her daughter Maria (Theo Crane) hold the 'key' to Emile's tragic past and the guilt, which has taunted him his entire life. The film starts to develop along two paths -- in the present Emile struggles to connect with his estranged family, and in the past he plays back his memories of leaving the farm where he grew up with his two brothers."

"Emile" marks the third installment the director has made dealing with a character's search for identity. Bessai's past work include "Johnny" (1999) and "Lola" (2001).

Founded in 1978, Castle Hill Productions distributes, produces and represents motion pictures and producers. The company owns a library of over 400 films.

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