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“The Swell Season” trailer shows real-life relationship between stars of “Once”

“The Swell Season” trailer shows real-life relationship between stars of “Once” (photo)

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Way back in the halcyon days of 2007, The Frames frontman Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová co-starred in the Irish musical “Once.” Though Hansard had only limited experience in front of the camera and Irglová none, the film went on to become a success, due in no small part to the soundtrack created by two professional musicians, specifically the Oscar-winning track “Falling Slowly.”

Hansard and Irglová’s film collaboration and make-believe romance eventually developed into a more formal collaboration and real-life romance, with the folk rock couple recording three well-received albums as The Swell Season. However, following their Academy Award victory and subsequent touring, the pair grew apart, downgrading their romantic relationship to a close collaborative friendship.

The new documentary, “The Swell Season” tells the story of the duo’s stagnating romance and also examines Hansard’s response to his new hard-earned fame, contrasting it with Irglová’s overnight success. After making the rounds at the Tribeca Film Festival and elsewhere earlier this year, the black-and-white documentary will finally receive a limited release on October 21.

Watch the trailer below and make sure to tell us your thoughts in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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