From the beloved director of Chocolat and the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire comes the inspirational comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. A visionary sheik (Amr Waked) believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative (Emily Blunt) to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain's leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on to it as a 'good will' story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS
Ewan McGregor is known for successfully portraying an array of diverse characters. From his breakthrough role as the heroin-addicted Mark Renton in Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, to the legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, to starring as 'Christian' opposite Nicole Kidman in the Academy Award® and BAFTA award winning musical Moulin Rouge, McGregor has proven himself as a true actor time and again. McGregor was recently seen in Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer, in Beginners, opposite Academy Award® winner Christopher Plummer, and in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire. Aside from Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, McGregor will next be seen in the upcoming The Impossible with Naomi Watts, a drama based around a true story set during and after the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004.
Emily Blunt shot to international prominence with her lead role as the mysterious, privileged Tamsin, in the multi award-winning British movie, My Summer of Love which earned her the Most Promising Newcomer award at the 2004 Evening Standard Film Awards. Soon after, Blunt starred in the critically-acclaimed Gideon's Daughter where she won a Golden Globe® for Best Supporting Actress in Television at the 2007 Awards for her performance. Since then, Blunt has starred in a variety of films, including The Devil Wears Prada, The Great Buck Howard, Dan in Real Life, The Jane Austen Book Club, Sunshine Cleaning, Charlie Wilson's War, The Young Victoria, The Wolfman, Gnomeo and Juliet, Gulliver's Travels, The Adjustment Bureau, and Disney's The Muppets. Following Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Blunt will be seen in Five Year-Engagement alongside Jason Segel, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans and Chris Pratt and in the time-travel thiller Looper that is slated for a late 2012 release. Other upcoming releases include Your Sister's Sister, directed by Lynn Shelton and co-starring Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, and Arthur Newman: Golf Pro, directed by Dante Ariola and co-starring Colin Firth.
Award winning actress Kristin Scott Thomas has become internationally renowned for her talent, elegance and commitment to her craft. Scott Thomas first won over audiences and critics worldwide with her Academy Award® nominated performance in the late Anthony Minghella's The English Patient, where she was honored by the National Board of Review, and was nominated for a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, and the Screen Actors Guild Award. Never shying away from challenging roles and determined not to repeat herself, Scott Thomas' body of work is an extraordinary collection of acclaimed film, television and theatre performances. In 2001, Scott Thomas was part of the ensemble for Robert Altman's acclaimed, Academy Award® winning film, Gosford Park and in 2008, she starred in Phillipe Claudel's critically acclaimed French language film, I've Loved You So Long for which she received a Golden Globe®, Cesar and BAFTA nomination, as well as won the European Best Actress award and the London Film Critics award for British Actress of the Year. Upcoming, she will appear in Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's Bel Ami and Pawel Pawlikowski's La Femme du 5eme (aka The Woman In the Fifth) opposite Ethan Hawke.
LASSE HALLSTRÖM / Director
SIMON BEAFOY / Screenplay
One of Sweden's most renowned directors, Lasse Hallström is best known to international audiences as the maker of such poignant but resolutely unsentimental coming-of-age films as My Life as a Dog and What's Eating Gilbert Grape. In 1991, he came to the US and made his stateside debut with Once Around, a romantic comedy starring Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss. Two years later, he directed What's Eating Gilbert Grape, followed by the romantic comedy Something to Talk About in 1995. The director did not make another film for four years until he re-emerged with an adaptation of John Irving's The Cider House Rules. The following year, Hallström scored yet another art-house hit with the romantic comedy drama Chocolat, the tale of a small-town candy maker who shakes up her community by staying open on Sundays earned numerous award nominations including four Golden Globe® Nominations and five Academy Award® nominations. His recent credits also include The Shipping News (2001), An Unfinished Life (2005), Casanova(2005), and Dear John (2010).
Simon Beaufoy's first full-length feature in 1996 was The Full Monty, nominated for Academy Awards® for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film; the Writers' Guild of America award for Best Original Screenplay; and Golden Globe® Best Picture and Golden Satellite Best Original Screenplay awards; and for 11 BAFTA awards (of which it won - among others - Best Film and Daily Mail Readers' Award for Best Film). In 2009, Beaufoy's Slumdog Millionaire scooped 8 Academy Award® wins at the 81st Annual Academy Awards®, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film. In 2011, Beaufoy's 127 Hours received 8 BAFTA nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best British Film, as well as being nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Golden Globes® and Academy Awards®. He is currently writing The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire.
Behind the Scenes Trailer
Featurette - Lasse's Log
Clip - Beauty
An Unlikely Romance
Clip - Fish Require Water
Clip - Good News Story
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