Why Sundance hit CODA about growing up in a deaf family could be this year’s biggest crowd-pleaser – and a turning point for the entertainment industry

CODA, a tender and stirring coming-of-age tale about the only hearing member in a deaf family, might be the crowd-pleasing film of the year, but it was only a few weeks ago that director Sian Heder saw it with an audience.For months after its lauded premiere at a virtual Sundance Film Festival in January (where the movie fetched a Sundance record US$25 million acquisition price and won the top prize), Heder had heard from people who had watched Coda at home on a link about how the film moved…

Why Sundance hit CODA about growing up in a deaf family could be this year’s biggest crowd-pleaser – and a turning point for the entertainment industry
CODA, a tender and stirring coming-of-age tale about the only hearing member in a deaf family, might be the crowd-pleasing film of the year, but it was only a few weeks ago that director Sian Heder saw it with an audience.For months after its lauded premiere at a virtual Sundance Film Festival in January (where the movie fetched a Sundance record US$25 million acquisition price and won the top prize), Heder had heard from people who had watched Coda at home on a link about how the film moved…