The Swell Season


World Premiere

USA | 90 MINUTES | English |


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.


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.
Chris Dapkins
Carlo Mirabella-Davis
Primary Cast
Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
Nick August-Perna
Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, Carlo Mirabella-Davis,
Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, Carlo Mirabella-Davis


Jason Burns
United Talent Agency
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: (310) 273-6700
Print Source
Geoff Morley
United Talent Agency
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: 310.273.6700
Tobin Babst
United Talent Agency
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Print Source
Nick August-Perna
Elkcreek Cinema
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Phone: 917.574.2358