Irish Film Institute -ONCE


Director: John Carney

85 minutes, Ireland, 2006, Colour, 35mm


John Carney’s simple, lo-fi story about an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant meeting on the streets of Dublin and falling in love while making music together retains the sincerity and charm that marked it out on its initial release.

The film made stars out of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, particularly after Falling Slowly was declared the Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 2008.

The newly released documentary The Swell Season depicts what happened to the pair after the success of the film. Here is the chance to see where it all started for them. (Notes by Michael Hayden.) 

The Swell Season opens at the IFI on December 6th.


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