The Swell Season Opens in the IFI on December 6th Ahead of Dingle Release in Association with Other Voices

Posted November 28, 2013 by Suzanne Murray in News
The Swell Season
The Swell Season

The critically acclaimed documentary The Swell Season is set to open in the IFI on Friday, December 6th ahead of screening during one of Ireland’s most unique music events, Other Voices, in Dingle on the 7th and 8th December.

In 2008, the world fell in love with Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová when their musical collaboration in the Irish film Once culminated in a jubilant Oscar win. As their fictional romance blurred with reality, they fell in love, recorded an album and embarked on a world tour which is documented by the directors Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis in The Swell Season.

To celebrate the release of The Swell Season, the IFI are also screening the film that started it all, Once, on the 10th and 14th December. Once is the modern-day musical film, directed by John Carney, that charmed audiences across the globe. Set on the streets of Dublin it tells the story of a busker (Hansard) and an immigrant (Irglová) who fall in love over an eventful week, as they write, rehearse and record songs together.

Speaking about the release of The Swell Season in the IFI, Michael Hayden, Programmer said: “I’m delighted we are able to support the release of The Swell Season and screen it at IFI. Achingly romantic and with a wonderful soundtrack, it plays like a sequel to Once, a delightful and touching successor to John Carney’s much loved film. It’s a pleasure to present the films side by side for IFI audiences.”

It is very fitting that The Swell Season will screen in association with Other Voices as the very first recording in 2002 was presented by Glen Hansard while Glen and Marketa performed at Other Voices just two months before their Oscar win.

Cork audiences will also get the chance to see the film when it plays in the Triskel Christchurch in January.

The Swell Season opens in the IFI on December 6th. It will screen with Once on December 10th and December 14th. Tickets are available on or you can book over the phone on (0)1 679 3477.

The Swell Season will screen in the Phoenix Cinema in Dingle during Other Voices on December 7th and 8th.

Watch The Swell Season trailer on the Wildcard Distribution YouTube channel.
More About The Swell Season
The beautiful film directed by Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis 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 Markéta’s relationship unhinges, ultimately music prevails as their enduring connection.

The film has received some great reviews when it was released in the US including:

“A documentary that is every bit as intimate and disarming as the movie that made them famous…”
Washington Post

”What emerges is a poignant commentary on the uneasy commingling of love and fame.”
New York Times

“Sensitive doc manages to show Once duo as both blissed-out lovers and post-romance partners without over-dramatizing the transition”.
Hollywood Reporter

More About Once

The Irish film Once won the Academy Award® for Best Original Song at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008 and went on to become a smash hit musical show on Broadway. The award winning song ‘Falling Slowly’ was written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who also starred in the leading roles of the film.

Produced by Samson Films with funding from the Irish Film Board, Once has won a host of awards including the Audience Award for World Cinema at Sundance and the Best Foreign Film at the Independent Spirit Awards, and has charmed audiences around the world.

More about Other Voices
Other Voices is one of Ireland’s most unique music events. The annual gathering, which started in Dingle, has since it’s inception in 2002 evolved to establish itself as a true ‘one of a kind’. It attracts an expanding array of artists from across the musical spectrum to perform at this intimate musical event which is transmitted worldwide online and as a television series. Past performances include Ellie Goulding, Amy Winehouse, Elbow, The National, Damien Rice, Snowpatrol, Ryan Adams and many others.