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John Carney’s delightful musical-comedy, “Flora and Son,” acquired by Apple Original Films after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, is gearing up for a significant awards campaign this year. With a treasure trove of 18 original songs in the film, selecting the one to represent the film at the Oscars was no easy task. Exclusive information reveals that Apple plans to submit “High Life,” composed by Carney, Gary Clark, and featuring the talents of star Eve Hewson, for Academy Award consideration.
In the movie, “High Life” is performed by a stellar ensemble cast including Eve Hewson, Orén Kinlan, Jack Reynor, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. This catchy and emotionally resonant track has captured hearts and is set to make a lasting impression on the Academy voters.
“Flora and Son” narrates the story of Flora, a single mother residing in Dublin, who finds herself struggling with her estranged son, Max (played by Orén Kinlan). In an attempt to keep Max out of trouble, Flora stumbles upon an old guitar and decides to give it to her son. Along the way, she seeks the help of a Los Angeles-based online guitar teacher. The film beautifully portrays how one person’s discarded item can become another’s salvation, weaving a heartwarming tale of connection and redemption.
Director John Carney shared his vision for the film, explaining, “It was supposed to be this weird family on stage… That’s the shit you get in Dublin. That’s why we love it here. In music, the stories are everywhere in Dublin.” Carney’s passion for storytelling through music shines brightly in “Flora and Son.”
Apple is not stopping at the original song category. They plan to submit the film in multiple Oscar categories, including Best Picture, Best Director (John Carney), Best Actress (Eve Hewson), and Best Supporting Actor (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Orén Kinlan, Jack Reynor). Additionally, “Flora and Son” is set to contend in categories such as Original Screenplay, Production Design, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Sound, Visual Effects, and Original Score.
John Carney’s previous films, notably “Once” with the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly” and “Begin Again” with the acclaimed track “Lost Stars,” have been warmly embraced by the music branch of the Oscars, further solidifying his reputation as a filmmaker with a keen ear for music.
In the words of Variety’s chief film critic Owen Gleiberman, “It’s catchy and touching, it weaves the music into the story with a spontaneity that can leave you laughing with pleasure, and it navigates an honest path from despair to belief, which is Carney’s disarmingly sweet calling card.”
“Flora and Son” is set to hit theaters on September 22, offering audiences a heartwarming and musically enriched cinematic experience.