Published on February 20th, 2015


Watch: ‘Begin Again’

The 2013 film features Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in leading roles; music and song writing form the film’s backdrop.
by The Editors |

PVR and NCPA are launching their ‘Director’s Rare’ programme from today, a new monthly series of films picked by PVR.

The 2013 film Begin Again, an American musical comedy-drama film written and directed by John Carney and starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, will play tonight at the NCPA’s Little Theatre. In the film, Knightley plays a singer-songwriter who is discovered by a struggling record label executive (Ruffalo) and collaborates with him to produce an album recorded in public locations all over New York City. Gretta’s world takes a turn for the better when Dan, a disgraced record label executive, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is captivated by her raw talent.

After the success of his 2007 musical film Once, Carney wrote the script for Begin Again in 2010 and employed Gregg Alexander to compose most of the film’s music. With an US$8 million budget, production began in July 2012 with filming taking place in various locations around New York City. The film premiered in September 2013 at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released theatrically on June 27, 2014, in conjunction with the release of the film’s soundtrack. It has grossed over $63 million worldwide and received mostly positive reviews from critics. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

The screening is free and open to all on a first come first seated basis. The film begins at 6.30 pm.

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