Convincing your family that you want to be a singer is hard for many teens, but particularly for Ruby Rossi, a CODA, child of Deaf adults.
The screening on Fri 13 Aug 17:40 NFT1 will feature a pre-recorded Q&A (c30min) with CODA director Siân Heder and the four cast members of the fictional Rossi family, Marlee Matlin, Emilia Jones, Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant will follow this screening. The pre-recorded Q&A is presented by Apple Original Films and BFI in collaboration with RNID, the charity making life fully inclusive for deaf people and those with hearing loss or tinnitus. The Q&A will be fully accessible, including both ASL and BSL.
Dir Siân Heder
With Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Durant, Eugenio Derbez
An Apple Original Film release
Oscar winner Marlee Matlin stars as Jackie and Troy Kotsur is her mischievous husband Frank, parents who have created a close knit family unit and have grown to depend on their hearing daughter. Their beautifully nuanced performances (alongside stand-out Emilia Jones as Ruby) allow both Deaf and hearing audiences to understand their challenges. Crisp firecracker exchanges, full of raw humour and moments of tenderness reveal a family on the cusp of change. Their energy is infectious; their anxiety heartfelt.
Siân Heder’s multi-award winning drama (taking Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance 2021) is first and foremost a story of community. The soul classic “You're All I Need to Get By” that links various characters isn't just a love song. Set in a fishing town on the Massachusetts coast we see how unfair practice threatens the livelihood of generations. Everyone feels vulnerable, but especially the Rossi's, with their outsider status.
Beautifully shot, foregrounding the importance of visual and tactile worlds, and with a music driven soundscape that goes to the heart of the drama, this a film to laugh and cry with - many times over.
Maggi Hurt, Advance Programme Co-ordinator
All screenings will be presented with subtitles for the D/deaf and those experiencing hearing loss.
Audio description available at all screenings.