The latest film from writer-director John Carney (Once), Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. Begin Again is produced and financed by Exclusive Media and produced by Anthony Bregman, Tobin Armbrust and Judd Apatow. The film will be released by The Weinstein Company in July.
Length: 105 minutes
Director: John Carney
Screenwriter: John Carney
Producer: Anthony Bregman, Tobin Armbust, Judd Apatow
Editor: Andrew Marcus
Cinematographer: Yaron Orbach
Executive Producer: Sam Hoffman, Molly Smith, Tom Rise, Ben Nearn, Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Marc Schipper
Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, James Corden, Yasiin Bey, Cee Lo Green, Catherine Keener
Dublin-based writer-director John Carney came to the world’s attention following the box office hit and critically-acclaimed musical feature film, Once (2006), which collected numerous awards at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Sundance Film Festival. John was also a bassist in the Irish rock band, The Frames, which is where he met Glen Hansard, with whom he would later collaborate on Once. Musical roots continue to be evident in John’s work, as he will write and direct later this year, Sing Street, with U2’s Bono and The Edge contributing music.