Producer Pathé has been granted a temporary visa that will allow him to broadcast the film, which will be broadcast on Apple TV+, for 48 hours on Saturday and next Sunday.
First feature film from a SVOD platform to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, KODAthe reissue of The Aries Family, could never unfold the effect of its original in France. Unlike in the United States or England, where some cinema screenings were organized, Sian Heder’s French-American drama was only available to subscribers of Apple TV+, which was purchased KODA at Sundance. The online launch of the film in summer 2021 was quiet.
But the triumph on March 27 at the Oscars KODA who won the three statuettes he was in contention for and blew the King’s Cup for the favourite The power of the dog by Jane Campion, was a turning point. To give French cinephiles the opportunity to discover this inspired and militant realization, co-producer Pathé has been granted a temporary visa by the CNC, allowing him to follow the adventures of Ruby Rossi and his friends for 48 hours on Saturday and next Sunday to deaf parents in the ailing fishing port of Gloucester.
120 partner cinemas
According to the French film KODA will be shown in 120 French cinemas. The cinemas of Les Cinémas Pathé Gaumont cinemas – most in the operation – CGR, Kinepolis and Grand Ecran will participate, as well as a certain number of independent art house cinemas in Paris and in the provinces. Around 300 meetings are expected.
Pathé preferred this option, limited to two days, to the possibility of organizing a number of screenings of no more than 30 in the same film week and without any time limit.
Pathé explains that through these screenings on April 23 and 24, “Organize an event to honor the French producers of CODA (Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi, Patrick Wachsberger and Jérôme Seydoux, editor’s note). In the cinemas, the film was not planned from the start, actually the Oscars were the trigger“. In addition to the statuette for the best film, KODA also went with the Best Supporting Actor trophy for Troy Kotsur, a wonderfully gruff and gentle patriarch who couldn’t be more creative in his sign language, and the Best Adaptation trophy (before dune etc The power of the dog!).
Special subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Contrary to The Aries Family which employed hearing actors (Karin Viard and François Damiens) who abused sign language, KODA has recruited pillars of the deaf artist community who are immensely popular and has provided an unprecedented and historic platform for disabled talent. As Ruby’s mother, Marlee Matlin, an Oscar winner thirty-five years ago The Children of the Silence, and a passionate advocate for representation and accessibility. Sign Language Theater (ASL) veteran Troy Kotsur, 53, who slept in his car during his rough years, charmed by his career.
In search of maximum authenticity and a more political reinterpretation, Sian Heder worked on his screenplay with ASL performers, encouraging his actors to be very expressive and inventive in their way of signing, returning to the basics of silent film. To honor this commitment, the April 23rd and 24th screenings will feature closed captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing.