While collaborating on the 2007 film Once, musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova proved that life can imitate art, as their real-life love connection mirrored the on-screen romance. The Swell Season, which opens tonight at the Denver FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, follows Hansard's and Irglova's love story from its fictional inception to a tangible courtship and back, then through an eventual breakup while continuing on as a band.
"The film crosses the line without being forced," says Keith Garcia, programming manager for the DFC. The documentary is a perfect sequel to Once, he adds, because it tells both the tale of their love and what real-life pressures -- in this case, multiple Oscar wins and a two-year-long tour -- can do to tear that love apart. Shot in black and white, the film captures intimate moments between Hansard and Irglova -- often with uncomfortable precision -- and displays the pair's perseverance through personal turmoil in the name of collaborative art.
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The Swell Season opens tonight for a week-long engagement; for tickets and schedule information, go to www.denverfilm.org or call at 303-595-3456.
Fri., Dec. 2, 2011