Retrospective screening at the festival
Time: 85 min
Age restriction: 16+
Director and writer: John Carney (‘Sing Street’, ‘Begin Again’)
Stars: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová
A Guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer-songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad’s Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. A Girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets Girl. Love and music bring them together in an emotional few days in Dublin.
You’ve heard about this one, you might have even seen it once or twice. In London, they put up a play based on this film and had a card where they would put a stamp for you for how many times you saw ONCE on stage. It never gets old. The songs are play-on-repeat worthy. The acting is good. Dublin is wonderful and cosy. Now, shush, get into the cinema and watch it before or after you see a brand new hit by John Carney – SING STREET – which premieres at our festival.
“HANSARD’S SELF-PENNED SONGS ARE INFECTIOUS”
Laura Bushell, BBC
“A little movie called ‘Once’ gave me enough inspiration to last the rest of the year.”
“Once is an affecting tale of love, busking and a changing Ireland”
Oscars 2007 for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song (‘Falling Slowly’)
Grammy Awards 2008 Nominated – Grammy Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2007 – Won LAFCA Award – Best Music
Dublin International Film Festival 2007 Won Audience Award (John Carney)