“You’re the girl with the deaf family?”
“And you sing — interesting.”
Here’s the first trailer for CODA, the drama that floored Sundance and sold to Apple for a record $25 million-plus. It follows 17-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones), who is the sole hearing member of a deaf family — a CODA, or child of deaf adults.
The girl’s life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur) and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother (Daniel Durant). But when Ruby joins her high school’s choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.
Amy Forsyth and Kevin Chapman also star.
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Writer-helmer Siân Heder won the Directing Award at the virtual Sundance Film Festival awards this year, and the fest’s opening-night film also scored the U.S. Grand Jury Prize, along with U.S. Audience Award and a Special Jury Award for its ensemble. It’s the first in Sundance history to sweep all the top prizes.
CODA is produced by Vendome Pictures and Pathé, with Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi, Patrick Wachsberger and Jérôme Seydoux serving as producers and Ardavan Safaee and Sarah Borch-Jacobsen as EPs.
The pic opens day-and-date in theaters and Apple TV+ on August 13. Have a look at the trailer above and the key art below.
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