For years, City Island, an islet in Long Island Sound near the Bronx, has been one of New York City’s best-kept secrets. Not anymore — at least for those who attended the premiere of “City Island,” held at the Director’s Guild of America Theatre on Wednesday night.

“Before shooting the movie I only went there once for dinner,” said Andy Garcia, who stars as a corrections officer and a lifelong resident of City Island. (His daughter offscreen, Dominik García-Lorido, plays his daughter on-screen.)

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“It’s like a New England fishing village that somehow ended up in the wrong port,” said writer-director Raymond De Felitta of the “Island.”

Julianna Margulies and Emily Mortimer also appear in the film, a family tale about how secrets from the past catch up with the present, to which some guests could relate. As Vera Wang put it: “Coming from my own dysfunctional family, it’s really fun to see how another one deals with those kind of things.”

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