In January, it was reported that Apple acquired the rights to CODA, a film previewed at Sundance Film Festival, for a record $25 million. The film is directed by Siân Heder and features the story of the only hearing member of a deaf family, Ruby, played by Emilia Jones.
At Sundance, CODA went on to win several awards, including the Grand Jury Prize, the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast, the Directing Award, and the Audience Award. The tech giant will debut the film on Apple TV+. with a theatrical release taking place simultaneously, on August 13.
‘CODA’ coming to Apple TV+ on August 13
CODA, short for Child of Deaf Adults, puts the audience in the shoes of a deaf family, where only one member has hearing. Ruby, the 17-year old main character, is shown as a hard-working person who works in the morning to help her family’s fishing business, before attending school. After joining her school’s choir club, she finds herself falling for her duet partner, played by Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, and also discovers her passion for singing. From Apple’s press release:
“Seventeen-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the sole hearing member of a deaf family – a CODA, child of deaf adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother (Daniel Durant). But when Ruby joins her high school’s choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.”
The film is produced by Vendome Pictures and Pathé, with Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi, Patrick Wachsberger and Jérôme Seydoux serving as producers, and Ardavan Safaee and Sarah Borch-Jacobsen as executive producers.
To enjoy CODA when it premiers, users will need a subscription to Apple’s streaming service. For $4.99 per month, Apple TV Plus is available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV via the Apple TV app. It is also compatible with selected Samsung and LG smart TVs, Roku devices, Amazon Fire TV, and tv.apple.com.
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