(Written for BritScene)
CBS Films have released the first trailer for Oscar-nominee director Lasse Hallström‘s (Chocolat) Salmon Fishing in The Yemen this week. Written by Oscar-winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), Salmon Fishing in The Yemen is an adaptation of Paul Torday‘s acclaimed novel of the same, which follows a scientist hoping to fulfill a sheikh’s dream of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to his homeland.
When the scientist instructs his representative to turn his dream into reality, they are told by Britain’s leading fisheries expert that the project is both absurd and unachievable. That is, at least, until the Prime Minister’s press secretary latches on to the idea for its potential as a ‘good will’ story. Now this unlikely team will be put to the test as they must embark on an upstream journey to prove the impossible, possible.
Starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas, Salmon Fishing in The Yemen is also produced by Paul Webster (The Motorcycle Diaries) with executive producers Jamie Laurenson, Stephen Garrett, Paula Jalfon, Zygi Kamasa and Guy Avshalom.
This rich, unique tale of fish, politics, journalism and cultural history, which premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, is set to be released on 2nd March, 2012 in a limited run. If you want to see more, head back to our previous post here for a couple of clips.