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Sundance: Anne Hathaway’s ‘Song One’ Strikes a Nerve at World Premiere

Less than a year after winning the Oscar for “Les Miserables,” Anne Hathaway is back on the bigscreen with another music drama — however, on a much smaller scale.

“I like beautiful movies and I think they come in all sizes,” the actress said at the “Song One” world premiere on Monday night.

The emotional drama, co-starring and exec produced by Hathaway, drew thunderous applause following its screening at the Eccles Theater and left audience members praising the folk-rock soundtrack.

“I was really fascinated by music bringing people together,” director Kate Barker-Froyland said at a post-screening Q&A.

Barker-Froyland is also the daughter of Sony Pictures Classics co-chair Michael Barker.

Shot last year in New York, “Song One” follows a young archaeologist (Hathaway) who returns home to see her hospitalized brother before striking up a relationship with his favorite musician.

“I really like working with people who inspire me,” Hathaway added, alluding to the film’s songwriting duo of Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice, who were also on hand for the Q&A.

Whether the film will inspire distributors to acquire the project this week remains to be seen — though the filmmakers would seem to have an inside track.
“Song One,” co-produced by Jonathan Demme and Adam Schulman, is playing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance.

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