A very small version of what would seem to be the official poster for Ode to Joy was posted by Rotten Tomatoes. As we’ve said: it’s tiny. But it’s something!
We finally have a date for the European Premiere of “Ode to Joy” and it’s going to be next June 22nd at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The second screening is going to be next June 24th and we hope we get to see Martin attending this event since he’s already booked for the 22nd.
Go to the event main page for booking information.
The still mysterious Ode to Joy – that is being shown in many indie festivals around the US – ahead of its opening in RiverRun Festival is giving us further information about the characters and the film itself.
RiverRun kicks off with this charming romantic comedy-drama. Martin Freeman (“Sherlock,” the “Hobbit” movies) stars as Charlie, a nebbishy librarian. His life is unrelentingly dull because he has to live that way — he has a condition that causes him to pass out when he experiences too much happiness.Journal Now article
As odd as that sounds, it’s a real condition known as cataplexy, a form of narcolepsy triggered by strong emotions, and was the subject of a segment on the radio show “This American Life.” That interview, titled “I’ve Fallen in Love and I Can’t Get Up,” aired in June 2010.
Charlie’s coworkers and his family — particularly his endearing if lunk-headed kid brother, played Jake Lacy, an alumnus of the UNC School of the Arts — try to help him get through his days pleasantly but without too much joy. But one day a dysfunctional, funny and gorgeous woman named Francesca (Morena Baccarin of “Firefly” and “Homeland”) catches his eye. Comedic mishaps follow as the characters get to know each other and complications arise.
The film manages, mostly, to have fun with the implications of his condition without making fun of his condition, resulting in a genial, bittersweet, but often laugh-out-loud tale.
Ode to Joy is set to be screened at another festival, again prior to it’s official release.
This time is in North Carolina next April 4th at 7pm. You can buy tickets here.
Ode to Joy will make yet another screening at the upcoming Annapolis Film Festival.
No further information is available besides the dates and ticketing information which you can obtain here.
Dates for the screenings are:
- March 23rd, 7pm
- March 24, 12:30pm
Ode to Joy was awarded the Best Feature Film by the 2019 Director’s Choice Awards during the Sedona Film Festival.
We hope it’s the first of many!
Ode to Joy is set to premiere in Sedona Film Festival next February 26 on the main stage and again on March 3.
Unfortunately, we still don’t have a poster but some seconds of the film thanks to the steadycam operator publication on their vimeo account. Check out the link for some more.
More of the plot that we’ve already covered can be read on the festival film page, transcribed below. No actor nor cast members were announced to be present during the premiere nor interviews:
Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) has fallen in love and can’t get up. A man’s fervent attempts at subverting happiness once it begins to cause him bouts of narcolepsy are put to the ultimate test when he falls in love.
How does a man who is — literally — paralyzed by happiness find love? Thanks to a condition called cataplexy — a rare disorder that causes him to lose control of his muscles whenever he is overcome by strong emotion, particularly joy — Brooklyn librarian Charlie (Martin Freeman) has learned to carefully edit all delight-triggering people, places, and events out of his life. Family weddings, cute babies, adorable puppies, and, yes, romance are all fraught with peril in Charlie’s carefully managed world. But when the beautiful, spontaneous Francesca (Morena Baccarin) falls for him, the risk-averse Charlie finds himself at a crossroads: suppress his feelings of attraction, or take a chance and let love in?
Based on a true story originally featured on This American Life, “Ode to Joy” is a hilarious and touching look at what happens when we stop being afraid and let ourselves truly live.
Sedona Film Festival film’s page