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.
Darius Marder is a writer, editor and director. He began his career with the documentary Loot and was awarded the best Documentary Feature at the Los Angeles film festival. Shortly after he participated in The Place Beyond the Pines screenplay, starring Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendez. The film won a Pen Literary Award. Marder’s last screenplay collaboration was for Empire of The Summer Moon. A Warner Bros production that will begin filming in 2021.
I had the opportunity to speak to the filmmaker Darius Marder via Zoom to discuss Sound of Metal. Marder shared why he aimed for a deft and artful approach and how he knew Riz Ahmed was the perfect candidate to play Ruben. He shared his joy for a line from his film and thanked Paul Raci.
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Sound of Metal in select theaters today and on Prime Video December 4th
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