Fox Searchlight celebrates sleeper hit

HOLLYWOOD — Fox Searchlight’s “Once,” made for only $150,000, has been keeping itself afloat at the B.O. since May, so the Irish music pic received a congratulatory party Tuesday at the Landmark Theater.

Offscreen, the movie’s soundtrack has consistently been among’s top sellers.

After the pic was unspooled, attendees congregated in the theater’s wine bar for a four-song set by the film’s leads, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

The two started with their most recognizable tune, the duet “Falling Slowly,” and ended with a vivacious rendition of Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic.”

The 19-year-old Irglova has been playing the piano and guitar since childhood but had never acted before. “I didn’t know if I could act,” she said. “But I had nothing to lose.”

For Hansard, the pic was the best way for him to spread his music. “You spend 17 years in a band (the Frames) digging against the world, and then you do this little movie, and all of a sudden the world notices,” he said.

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