Sound of Metal

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Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:130 min.
Director:Darius Marder
Screenwriter:Darius Marder
Abraham Marder
Cinematographer:Daniël Bouquet
Cast:Riz Ahmed
Olivia Cooke
Mathieu Amalric
Print Source:Amazon Studios
Note Writer:David Fear


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 10:00am PT on Thursday, October 15, and 10:00am PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the United States.


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It starts with a ringing in the ears—that piercing noise that heavy metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler, MVFF37) hears right before a gig which only seems to be getting worse. Once he goes to a doctor, he’s told that he’d better act fast to stave off total deafness. His bandmate/girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke, Katie Says Goodbye, MVFF39) is worried that Ruben is going to backslide from years of his hard-earned sobriety. He’s concerned that life as he knows it is irrevocably over. The narrative debut of writer-director Darius Marder (co-writer of The Place Beyond the Pines), Sound of Metal completely immerses you in Ruben’s perspective, painting a humanistic portrait of the deaf and hard of hearing community where this musician learns to navigate a brave new noiseless world. And thanks to an absolutely showstopping, career-best performance by Ahmed, you understand how this sudden loss actually helps a broken man regain his self-esteem and his soul. All the rest is silence.


Be sure to watch the Q&A with Riz Ahmed, moderated by Lars Ulrich.

Additional Information

Darius Marder (1974, USA) is an editor, writer, and director. In 2008, he directed his documentary debut Loot. Four years later he co-wrote the screenplay for Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines (2012). Sound of Metal (2019) is his fiction feature debut.