Once (RTE, 2007)
Once is an Irish romantic musical drama written and directed by John Carney. It stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova as two struggling Dublin musicians who both composed and performed the film’s original songs. It took years in development with the Irish Film Board and was made on a budget on 112,000 Euros ($150,000 U.S.) It paid off. The soundtrack received a Grammy Award nomination. Falling Slowly won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song. Once’s worldwide box office total was over $23 million.