U.S., 2019, 120 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Darius Marder, Rated R, Amazon Studios


Sound of Metal

Wednesday, 4/21 & Thursday, 4/22

"The fragility of daily existence is captured empathetically and compassionately in Darius Marder’s excellent Sound of Metal, a film that should catapult Riz Ahmed to the top of any producer’s casting list. It’s a movie that doesn’t just allow for silence but thrives in it, with Ahmed’s eyes and body language charting the arc of his character. He doesn't miss a beat." —Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

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.

Sound of Metal is nominated for 6 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound, and Best Film Editing.


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