On August 13th, the Siân Heder film “CODA” was released in theaters and on Apple TV+.
At the digital 2021 Sundance Film Festival, this big-hearted, inclusive story sold out every showing almost instantly, garnering great reviews and four festival awards for ensemble cast, the directing award, the audience award, and the grand jury prize.
The film also stands as the biggest Sundance acquisition ever. CODA was the subject of a heated bidding war where Apple emerged the victor for $25 million.
“CODA,” a remake of the French film “La Famille Belier,” captures the internal struggle of 17-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones), who helps her deaf parents and brother run the family’s fishing business but dreams of going to music school and pursuing a singing career. “CODA” (an acronym for Children of Deaf Adults) made casting choices that were inclusive and represented the community behind the story. Alongside hearing actors, the film features deaf actors Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant in key roles.
Production: A Vendôme Pictures production, in association with Pathé. Producers: Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi, Patrick Wachsberger, Jérôme Seydoux. Executive producers: Ardavan Safaee, Sarah Borch-Jacobsen.
Crew: Director, writer: Siân Heder. Camera: Paula Huidobro. Editor: Geraud Brisson. Music: Marius de Vries.
With: Emilia Jones, Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin, Eugenio Derbez, Daniel Durant, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Amy Forsyth, Kevin Chapman.