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Once

Director: John Carney


A heartfelt and honest musical, Once sees struggling musician ‘Guy’ (Glen Hansard) and migrant worker ‘Girl’ (Marketa Irglová) fall in love through a shared passion for music. Meeting on the streets of Dublin as ‘Guy’ busks to try make ends meet, the pair travel across the city, by foot, bus and motorcycle, forming a connection as they perform music. Feeling they have the potential to work as a duo the pair attempt to produce a record even as they find their burgeoning relationship has to step lightly around the romantic complications of one another’s past. Characterised by a wholehearted sincerity, Once’s greatest asset is in the lead characters; Hansard and Irglová’s musical performances are the moving highlights of a deeply romantic film, and Once won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the pair’s ‘Falling Slowly’.      

Awards:
Best Original Song at 80th Academy Awards 2008 
Best Foreign Film at Independent Spirit Awards 2008 
World Cinema Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2007

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