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The Swell Season

Viewpoints

World Premiere

USA | 90 MINUTES | English |

THE SWELL SEASON

Documentary, Music

After starring in the indie hit Once in 2007 and winning the Academy Award® for best original song ("Falling Slowly"), folk rock musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova won over audiences and skyrocketed to fame. For them life seemed to imitate art—the onscreen relationship was closely intertwined in both fact and fiction. But when they got back to post-Oscar® reality, Hansard, 35, and Irglova, only 18 years old, decided to dive in and ride the wave of newfound popularity by heading on tour.

This subtle and mesmerizing black-and-white music documentary bears witness to the band and the couple, from musical numbers that pleasure the ears and vibrate the screen to quiet moments where body language and silent pauses linger with foreboding heartbreak. It has always been apparent that the modest duo has a special connection musically, but when the offstage relationship doesn't run as smoothly, it raises real questions about the future. Newcomer directors Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, and Carlo Mirabella-Davis weave an intelligent and poignant tale with universal themes of love and expectations faithfully imbued with the magic and honesty of Hansard and Irglova's music.


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis, Chris Dapkins, Nick August-Perna, Carlo Mirabella-Davis, and Chris Dapkins

NICK AUGUST-PERNA has worked for PBS's Wide Angle, Human Rights Watch, and Bloomberg TV. CHRIS DAPKINS participated in the Tribeca Film Institute's Tribeca/Marrakech Filmmaker Exchange in 2005. His short film A Weak Signal screened at TFF '06. CARLO MIRABELLA-DAVIS co-founded Elkcreek Cinema, and wrote and directed the award-winning short film Knife Point.
Cinematographer
Chris Dapkins
Producer
Carlo Mirabella-Davis
Primary Cast
Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
Editor
Nick August-Perna
Director
Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, Carlo Mirabella-Davis,
Screenwriter
Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, Carlo Mirabella-Davis

CONTACTS

D3_Agent
Jason Burns
United Talent Agency
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: (310) 273-6700
burns_j@unitedtalent.com
Print Source
D3_Agent
Geoff Morley
United Talent Agency
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: 310.273.6700
morleyg@unitedtalent.com
D3_Agent
Tobin Babst
United Talent Agency
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Print Source
Nick August-Perna
Elkcreek Cinema
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Phone: 917.574.2358
nick.augustperna@gmail.com