The Swell Season
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
2011. US/Czech Republic/Ireland. Nick August-Perna/Chris Dapkins/Carlo Mirabella-Davis. B&W. Documentary. Feauring Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and The Swell Season.
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award: Critics Choice Award
Chicago Film Critics Association Award: Best Score
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award: Best Music
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award: Best Original Song
World Premiere Tribeca Film Festival
Opening Night Film SilverDocs Documentary Festival
New York Times Critics' Pick
New York Magazine's Critics' Pick
"Intimate and disarming." - Washington Post's Critics' Pick
"A poignant commentary on the uneasy commingling of love and fame. Shot in shimmering black and white, the images swaddle the story in a retro glamour as wistful as Ms. Irglova's voice." - The NY Times
"In this extraordinary documentary, so intimate and so natural, you feel as if you've stumbled into the room by mistake... In the end, despite all its disparate parts, the documentary somehow coalesces beautifully into a moving portrait of two musicians who fell in love "once." - The LA Times
"Lovely, very satisfying, really beautiful." - NPR
"This black-and-white documentary has the same disarming genuineness that made "Once" so appealing." - NY Post
"The movie looks beautiful, its sublime b&w cinematography signaling a fading dream. And there are touching moments here that you rarely see in docs about professional musicians or celebrities in general." - Time Out
"EXTRAORDINARY! So intimate and so natural, you feel as if you've stumbled into the room by mistake... coalesces beautifully into a moving portrait of two musicians who fell in love "once." - The Los Angeles Times
Are you a fan of the Academy Award movie musical or the live, Drama Desk award and 8 Tony award winning Broadway musical Once? Then come see this charming documentary about the creators of this hit.
In 2008, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova captivated audiences and earned two Academy Awards for their musical collaboration in the film Once, which reached $10 million at the box office and grew their popularity and fan base by tens of thousands in North America and throughout the world. As their fictional romance blurred with reality, they fell in love, recorded an album, and embarked on a world tour. Fueled by two years of exhilaration, performance, and psychological turmoil, The Swell Season is much more than a music documentary. It is a volatile and intimate portrait of a romance that fractures in the face of life on the road and personal tragedy. As Glen and Marketa's relationship unhinges, ultimately music prevails as their enduring connection.
With incredible performances from around the world and an intimate seat on Glen and Markéta's tour, The Swell Season will resonate with film fans and music fans alike.
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