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Fiction. 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 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.

Sian Heder

Sian Heder grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts in a family of visual artists. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she works as a writer, director, and showrunner. Her most recent work includes executive producing Little America for Apple TV +, which she co-showran as well, and directing CODA for Vendôme Pictures and Pathé. He wrote and produced for three seasons of the acclaimed Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, receiving multiple WGA nominations for his work. His other television work includes Men of a Certain Age, which earned him a Peabody Award. He has directed episodes of Netflix's GLOW and Orange Is the New Black, Hulu's The Path, and Little America. His first short film, Mother, was awarded the Cinéfondation Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. His first feature film, Tallulah, starring Eliot Page and Alison Janney, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016 and premiered as a Netflix original.

With the collaboration of Tripictures.

Special Sessions

27th October. 8 pm
Palacio de la Prensa. Invitation only

Opening ceremony

Year of Production: 2021

Running Time:: 111′

Country: United States

Language: English and sign language

Director: Sian Heder

Cast: Emilia Jones, Amy Forsyth, Eugenio Derbez, Marlee Matlin, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Kevin Chapman, John Fiore, Troy Kotsur, Erica McDermott, Owen Burke and Rebecca Gibel

Production: Philippe Rousselet and Patrick Wachsberger

Production Companies: Vendome Pictures, Pathé Films and Picture Perfect Federation

International sales: Apple, Apple TV+

Main awards: Winner of in Sundance 2021, with 4 awards to its credit, including the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Film Award.


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