From the moment that CODA premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, it was destined to be a major player for whatever studio managed to pick it up.
After igniting a massive bidding war, AppleTV+ came out with the best offer, putting up a record-breaking $25 million to acquire the rights for the film, and now they’ve announced when the public will be able to see it. CODA will debut in theaters and on AppleTV+’s streaming service on August 13th.
The film, written and directed by Siân Heder, was the first in Sundance history to sweep its top prizes, winning the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Dramatic Competition, the Audience Award, the Directing Award, and even a Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast.
The story of a 17-year old child of deaf adults (CODA), Ruby (Emilia Jones), trying to figure out what she wants her life to be while she helps her family on their struggling fishing boat and pursues her passion for singing, CODA was the opening night film at this year’s Sundance, and instantly ignited a passionate response (see our review) for its crowd-pleasing emotional storytelling.
Co-starring Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Durant, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, and Eugenio Derbez, CODA feels very likely to be a major awards contender next season, so be sure to see it for yourself when it releases on August 13th.