THE SWELL SEASON
2011, Seventh Art Releasing, 91 min, Ireland, Czech Republic, USA, Dir: Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, Carlo Mirabella-Davis

Most people know Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the charmingly un-Hollywood actors and singer-songwriters who starred in the film ONCE, for their memorable - and temporarily interrupted - 2008 Oscar win for Best Original Song (“The Swell Season”). Yet behind the award was a more complex story of Hansard and Irglová’s onscreen romance becoming reality, and the grueling two-year world music tour that threatened to permanently fracture their relationship. Shooting in crisp black-and-white, documentarians Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis explore the upsides and downsides of artistic collaboration, success and love as they follow the musical couple on their difficult yet constantly illuminating journey. “THE SWELL SEASON makes a bruised-but-sweet flipside to ONCE’s dreamy lovesong.” - The Hollywood Reporter


THE HOLLIES: LOOK THROUGH ANY WINDOW 1963 - 1975
2011, Eagle Rock Entertainment, 120 min, USA, Dir: David Peck

This first official documentary on legendary British rock group The Hollies features 22 complete performances filmed between 1963 and 1975, spanning their entire hit-making career. New interviews with founding members Graham Nash, Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott tell the fascinating story of this group whose stellar musicianship and beautiful vocals thrilled millions of fans and influenced generations of new bands.


THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS
1989, 20th Century Fox, 114 min, USA, Dir: Steve Kloves

Brothers Frank and Jack (Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges) have carved out a career playing hackneyed jazz duets on matching grand pianos in night clubs. When they begin to see a downturn in the number of gigs they can get, they resort to the tried-and-true “sex sells” technique and hire eccentric, irreverent ex-escort Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeifer) to sing as part of their routine. But even when the three-person act becomes a hit, the personal issues Frank and Jack have been harboring against each other – and Jack and Susie’s mutual attraction - threaten to break up the group’s newfound success.


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