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‘Arthur Newman’ First 10 Minutes

One of most highly praised films at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, Colin Firth and Emily Blunt star in the story of a depressed divorced dad who fakes his death and adopts a new identity, then meets a troubled woman who spurs him on to improbable new heights during a cross-country road trip. Written by Academy Award® nominated scribe Becky Johnston (“Prince of Tides,” “Seven Years in Tibet”) and directed by first-timer Dante Ariola, ARTHUR NEWMAN follows the mid-life travails of sad sack Wallace Avery (Firth). He hates his job, his ex-wife and son hate him, and he’s blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur’s road trip towards a new life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike (Blunt), who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another, these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners: elderly newlyweds, a high-roller and his Russian lady, among others. Through this process, Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home, and their real journey, that of healing, begins. The film was produced by Vertebra Films and Cross Creek Pictures, and was executive produced by Lisa Bruce, Andy Cappuccino, Helen Cappuccino, Mac Cappuccino, Natalie G. Hill, and James A. Holt.

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