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Sundance Film Festival winner CODA goes day-and-date on Apple TV+ and in cinemas August 13

Emilia Jones as Ruby in CODA

Sundance award-winning movie CODA will debut on Apple TV+ this summer, simultaneously with its theatrical release. The film was the hit of this year’s Sundance Film Film Festival, winning four drama categories, making it the first movie in Sundance Film Festival history to win all top prizes in the US Dramatic Competition category.

CODA will debut in cinemas and on the Apple TV+  streaming service August 13. 

Written and directed by Siân Heder (Tallulah, Little America), CODA  was presented in the US Dramatic Competition category at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and was honoured with: the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast, the Directing Award, the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. 

CODA stars Emilia Jones (Locke & Key), Eugenio Derbez (The Casagrandes), Troy Kotsur (The Number 23), Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Vikings), Daniel Durant (Switched at Birth), Amy Forsyth (Beautiful Boy), Kevin Chapman (City on a Hill), and Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God).

Here’s the set-up: Seventeen-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the sole hearing member of a deaf family, dubbed a CODA, child of deaf adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur) and working on the family’s fishing boat every day before school with her dad 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 choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between family and the pursuit of her own dreams.

CODA is the first film in Sundance Film Festival history to win all top prizes in the US dramatic Competition category…

Choirmaster Eugenio Derbez conducts the drama in CODA

CODA is the latest in a line of critic-tickling Apple Original films. On the Apple TV+ platform, it joins:
On The Rocks, from Academy Award winner Sofia Coppola, and starring Rashida Jones and Bill Murray…
Oscar, BAFTA, People’s Choice and Critics Choice Super Award-nominated Greyhound written by and starring Tom Hanks…
Academy Award-nominated, AFI Fest winning animated film Wolfwalkers
The Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Boys State…
NAACP Image Award-winner The Banker, starring Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson…
Anthony and Joe Russo’s latest Cherry, starring Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo…
Palmer starring Justin Timberlake, directed by Fisher Stevens…
Music docu Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry from director R.J. Cutler…
Critics Choice Documentary Award-nominated The Elephant Queen
Werner Herzog’s Critics Choice Documentary Award-nominee Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds.

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