John Carney’s ‘Flora and Son’ Sells to Apple for About $20 Million After Sundance Premiere

John Carney’s “Flora and Son” was sold to Apple after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend.

The sale closed at $20 million, a source familiar with the film said. Variety. Another insider disputed this, saying the figure was closer to $20 million. ‘Sing Street’ filmmakers’ big deal follows ‘Fair play’

The film is a big-hearted look at Flora, a struggling single mom (Eve Hewson of “Bad Sisters”) who finds a way to connect with her troubled teenage son (Oren Kinlan, making his big-screen debut) through Through a shared love. of music. In turn, Flora develops a bond with her guitar teacher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), despite the fact that she lives in Dublin and he lives in Los Angeles. Jack Reynor plays her self-absorbed ex-husband. Carney is a master of these music-infused movies, having previously scored bands like “Sing Street” and “Once.” “Flora and Son” is also seen as one of the more marketable offerings at a festival where some studio executives have complained that too many creatively satisfying films are hard to sell.

The film’s uplifting story resonated with crowds and critics at Sundance. IndieWire’s Kate Erbland wrote that “Carney has never been interested in producing expected endings, but where he takes “Flora and Son” might be his most satisfying conclusion yet, and while it makes for a bit of a bumpy road to get there, Devils”. Isn’t that the problem of life itself? At least this one ends on a very high note indeed.”

“Flora and Son” is being represented by Fifth Season, WME, and FilmNation.

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