Once was one of my favorite films of the decade. It’s just a charming, romantic, simple film, with great music. The film was also noted for being sincere. So sincere that it actually sparked a real life romance between the two stars of the film, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. This all just added to the magic of Once, which all culminated to winning the Academy Award (and some memorable acceptance speeches) for best original song for the film. Happily ever after… right?
Not so fast.
Which brings us to the film The Swell Season. (Which is also the name of the band headlined by Hansard and Irglova). I have to admit, I find it a little surprising that there is a follow up to Once. Granted this is a documentary, but I’ve read interviews where Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova insisted that they weren’t interested in film and were strictly musicians and are focused on their music. And good music it is. I’ve purchased all their albums since I’ve seen Once.
I’m sure that this film was born out of necessity. I’m sure fans were taken with the film and the real life romance that sprung from it. When word came that they had broken up and Marketa Irglova had actually gotten married to someone else, many fans probably asked how this all happened? In any event, I’m looking forward to the film. If only to get a chance to listen to some more of their great music.
The Swell Season stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. It is directed by Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, and Carlo Mirabella-Davis It is scheduled for release October 21, 2011.
In 2008, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova captivated audiences and earned two Academy Awards for their musical collaboration in the film Once, which reached $10 million at the box office and grew their popularity and fan base by tens of thousands in North America and throughout the world. As their fictional romance blurred with reality, they fell in love, recorded an album, and embarked on a world tour. Fueled by two years of exhilaration, performance, and psychological turmoil, The Swell Season is much more than a music documentary. It 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 Marketa’s relationship unhinges, ultimately music prevails as their enduring connection. With incredible performances from around the world and an intimate seat on Glen and Marketa’s tour, The Swell Season will resonate with film fans and music fans alike.