Apple is Re-Releasing Best Picture Nominee 'CODA' Back in Theaters
by Alex Billington
February 21, 2022
Good news for one of the best films of 2021! Sian Heder's CODA is returning to theaters again this weekend - starting on February 25th. Apple picked up the film after its rapturous premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival last year, and originally opened the film in theaters in the fall. After a successful theatrical run and Apple TV+ streaming debut, they're releasing CODA back into theaters again - for free. CODA (which stands for Child of Deaf Adults) also picked up a total of three (!!) Academy Award nominations this year - for Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur) and Best Picture. I am so happy for this film! I fell hard for it at Sundance last year (read my review) and I've been championing it ever since. This re-release is an obvious push for more attention during this Oscar season, but it's also a great way to get more people to see this wonderful film. It certainly deserves that Best Picture nomination, along with many more accolades.
In my review from last year, I wrote that the film is "a genuine revolution for Deaf cinema." I still maintain that is true. If there is any proof of this, CODA getting a Best Picture nomination confirms it is making an impact and it will continue to influence the industry - along with other great Deaf films like Sound of Metal. To find theater locations and get your tickets to see CODA on the big screen - visit the film's official website:
CODA will play in select theaters in the US and at the Barbican Cinema in London. Tickets are completely free (limit 4 per person) with open captions. There will be three daily showtimes for audiences to attend on a first come, first serve basis. Audiences at a special showing in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to be part of a live Q&A with the cast + writer / director Sian Heder, which will have translators in ASL. Enjoy.
Gifted with a voice that her parents can’t hear, 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 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. CODA is both written and directed by American filmmaker Siân Heder, her second feature film after making Tallulah previously. Based on the French film La Famille Bélier. Produced by Fabrice Gianfermi, Philippe Rousselet, and Patrick Wachsberger. This originally premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year (read our glowing review). Apple will debut Heder's CODA in select theaters + streaming on Apple TV+ starting August 13th, 2021. It's available now. Watch the trailer here.