CODA, Apple’s famous Sundance acquisition that swept the festival’s awards program and remains the finest film I’ve seen all year, has finally gotten its debut trailer.
As Ruby, a 17-year-old Massachusetts girl who is the only hearing member of a deaf family, Emilia Jones gives a standout performance as a CODA (child of deaf adults). Ruby’s life centers around serving as an interpreter for her parents, Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur, and working with her father and elder brother on the family’s failing fishing boat every day before school (Daniel Durant). watch the trailer below
However, Ruby develops a talent for singing when she joins her high school’s choral group, and she is quickly captivated by her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Ruby is caught between her duties to her family and the pursuit of her own goals, as she is encouraged to apply to a famous music school by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez).
CODA, written and directed by Siân Heder, is the first film to win four Sundance prizes, including the Grand Jury Prize, the Audience Award, the Directing Award, and a Special Jury Award for the film’s outstanding ensemble cast. Everyone here, from Jones, Kotsur, and Durant to more seasoned actors like Derbez and Oscar winner Matlin, rises to the occasion. To be honest, all of them belong in the awards conversation this autumn, and I’ll be surprised if this picture doesn’t get a SAG ensemble nomination.
CODA stars Amy Forsyth (The Novice) and KevinChapman (Mystic River) and is produced by Vendome Pictures and Pathé. Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi, Patrick Wachsberger, and Jérôme Seydoux produced the picture, with Ardavan Safaee and Sarah Borch-Jacobsen serving as executive producers.
CODA will be released in cinemas and on Apple TV+ on August 13, and no matter where you see it, you won’t be disappointed. I cried my eyes out on my living room couch, but I’d have liked to have watched this with a large crowd at Sundance, where I’m sure I would have been caught up in the collective passion. Check out the trailer below, and don’t miss this one because it’s fantastic!