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During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience severe hearing loss. When a specialist tells him that it’s only a matter of time until his condition rapidly worsens, Ruben fears that his life is over. With the support of his bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke), he checks into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But giving up the life he once knew is no easy feat, as Ruben must choose between a community that accepts him and his disability, or to put everything on the line in hopes of reclaiming the music career – and life – he once knew.

Featuring a gut-punch performance from Riz Ahmed and utilizing innovative sound design techniques, director Darius Marder throws audiences head first into Ruben’s experience, giving us startlingly immersive insight into a rarely examined world.

The film will be accompanied by a Q&A With Director Darius Marder, Moderated by Miami Film Festival's Lauren Cohen, with closed captioning.

This screening is sponsored by Alacran Group and Oolite Arts.

Event Dates

October 8, 2020 to October 11, 2020 ET

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Director Bio

Darius Marder is a Brooklyn-based director, editor and screenwriter. He co-wrote The Place Beyond the Pines (12), starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his first documentary feature film, Loot (08). Sound of Metal is his narrative feature directorial debut.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Darius Marder
  • Producer(s)
    Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, Bill Benz, Kathy Benz
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Darius Marder, Abraham Marder, Derek Cianfrance
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Daniël Bouquet
  • Editor(s)
    Mikkel E.G Nielsen
  • Composer
    Nicolas Becker, Abraham Marder
  • Cast
    Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Mathieu Amalric, Lauren Ridloff, Paul Raci

Film Info

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  • Category
  • Original Title
    Sound of Metal
  • Country
    Belgium, United States
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