Apple Original Films has revealed a surprise announcement confirming that it will be re-releasing CODA for a limited theatrical run following its history-making Academy Award nominations, which included Best Picture. The film will play in major cities across the United States and London, for free and with subtitles, starting from Friday, February 25 through to Sunday, February 27, 2022, allowing even more moviegoers to experience the touching story of the Rossi family’s journey.
Hailed by critics as “an emotional powerhouse”, “impossible not to love” and praised by real-life CODAs (Child of Deaf Adults), CODA is the first film starring a predominantly Deaf cast to be honored with an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. CODA’s lead actor, Troy Kotsur, is also the first Deaf actor to be nominated for an Oscar. What’s more, the film also received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, marking a first for writer-director Siân Heder (Tallulah).
“Every so often, a film comes along that strikes a deep emotional chord for audiences who celebrate its win for humanity. ‘CODA’ does just that. Siân and the amazing cast and crew of ‘CODA’ gave the world a gift with this film, and we are inspired to pass this gift on,” said Matt Dentler, Apple’s Head of Features.
As mentioned, CODA will be screening free of charge at premium cinemas in major cities. All screenings will include subtitles, and audiences attending a special screening in Los Angeles will get the chance to take part in a live Q&A with the cast and writer/director Siân Heder, who will be joined by translators in ASL.
Before releasing in theaters and worldwide on Apple TV+ in August last year, CODA debuted at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it scooped an unprecedented total of four awards, including the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast, the Directing Award, the Audience Award, and the Grand Jury Prize.
Since its global debut, “CODA” has received a continuous streak of acclaim and honors. In addition to three Academy Award nominations, the film was recently recognized with an AFI Award, BAFTA Award nominations, a PGA Award nomination and historic SAG Award nominations — making it the first film with a predominantly Deaf cast to receive a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. “CODA” has also earned nominations for an NAACP Image Award, and nine nominations for the Hollywood Critics Association Awards.
17-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.