SOUND OF METAL
Narrative Feature | 130 minutes

HIFF 2020

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This film played at HIFF 2020
on Virtual Cinema
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Directed by
Darius Marder

Produced by
Bert Hamelinck
Sacha Ben Harroche
Kathy Benz
Bill Benz

Written by
Darius Marder
Abraham Marder

Featuring
Riz Ahmed
Olivia Cooke
Paul Raci
Lauren Ridloff
Mathieu Amalric


East Coast Premiere

2019 | English | Belgium/USA

During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career—and with it his life—is over. His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf, in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben has to choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew. Utilizing startling, innovative sound design techniques, director Darius Marder takes audiences inside Ruben’s experience to vividly recreate his journey into a rarely examined world.

Available in the Virtual Cinema:
October 9 (10am ET) through midnight on October 16

You must finish watching by midnight on Friday.

Note: This film may be viewed from anywhere in the United States.