Online Sundance opens to virtual ovation for deaf drama

Los Angeles (AFP) – The Sundance Film Festival, forced online this year by the pandemic, quietly opened to a virtual “standing ovation” for deaf family drama “CODA” Thursday. Taking its title from an acronym for child of deaf adult, “CODA” follows high-school teen Ruby (Emilia Jones) as she juggles her musical ambitions with her fisherman family’s dependence on her to communicate with the “hearing” world. The first in-competition film to stream for remote attendees of the prestigious indie festival, it drew immediate rave reviews, with Variety calling it “tender, lively, funny, and beautifully…

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