'Once' Director's '80s-Inspired Tracks In New Film Are Just Like Heaven

'80s music fans, take note.

In 2007, "Once" told the romantic story of a couple's songwriting journey through Dublin. Now, writer-director John Carney is back with another romance -- also a musical, also set in Ireland, but this time in the 1980s. 

In "Sing Street," 15-year-old Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is struggling to adapt to his new school when he meets Raphina (Lucy Boynton), a mysterious self-proclaimed model and, duh, the prettiest girl in the place. Having just recently been tuned into the idea of music videos as a cool, new form of art, Conor invents a band to make them -- and invites Raphina to star -- but quickly discovers his own talent for songwriting. The film features original tracks as well as hits from The Cure, Duran Duran and a-ha. 

"I think the '80s really were the last true decade that just didn't sound like anything before," Carney says in the clip above. "So when we were doing the music, we wanted the songs to be as good as an '80s song ... but good in their own right."

Take a look at the video above to hear more from the director, and catch the full trailer below.

"Sing Street" is available exclusively on iTunes beginning Tuesday, July 12.



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