“After the class ended, he approached me,” Mirabella-Davis says.“He explained that he was going on a long, extended tour of America and he was interested in making a film of it.(as the film is baldly titled) chronicles the slow, edgy break-up of their relationship and their complex engagements with cult celebrity.“It was an interesting endeavour to embark on,” Carlo Mirabella-Davis, one of the three directors, explains in a massed phone-call from New York.Here, the Irish musician reveals how a rock'n'roll friendship got him back on an even keel - and what he did when family members came looking for cash...Surveying the oil and grime that sits beneath his fingernails, Glen Hansard beams with an almost paternal pride as he tells me he has spent the past few days at home in Ireland, tinkering with his car.“In the fictional film they had essentially played themselves. When we met Glen’s family we became interested in themes such as the burden of dreams.” Mirabella-Davis first met Hansard when he was teaching at the New York Film Academy.And there was a tension between those fictional characters and the people they really were. A man of no small ambition, Hansard – also front-man of the legendary Frames, of course – signed on for a course just after he won the Oscar.
and its Oscar-winning hit “Falling Slowly.” The touching romance of the film spilled over into real life as Hansard and Marketa become an item and began touring together as The Swell Season. In recent years the band has struggled to find its footing in the wake of a fan’s mid-concert suicide, a documentary called that captured tensions between Hansard and Irglova, and the couple’s eventual breakup.
The two fell in love while shooting "Once," where they played love interests, in early 2006.
The two were growing apart, and finally decided they'd be better off as friends.
NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Tenderly dismantling the romantic mythology surrounding 2006's indie smash "Once," "The Swell Season" chronicles the surprise musical success of that movie's stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.
An easy sell with viewers who fell for the original film (and the albums it spawned), the documentary does right by both fans and subjects and could make a profitable arthouse run.