Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

  • Horror
  • 1h 32m
“Gilderoy, this is going to be a fantastic film”

The film that launched the career of Peter Strickland (In Fabric, The Duke of Burgundy), and saw him hailed as a successor to David Lynch, Berberian Sound Studio is a modern giallo delight soaked in cinephilia. It’s 1976, and Berberian Sound Studio is one of the sleaziest post-production studios in Italy, where only the most sordid works of cinema are given their final polish. Gilderoy (Toby Jones) is a shy British sound engineer hired to work on the latest film by horror maestro, Santini. He soon finds himself caught up in a strange world of bitter actresses, capricious technicians and confounding bureaucracy. The longer Gilderoy spends mixing screams and the bloodcurdling sounds of hacked vegetables, the more homesick he becomes. As time and realities shift, Gilderoy finds himself lost in an otherworldly spiral of sonic mayhem.

“Utterly distinctive and all but unclassifiable, a musique concrete nightmare, a psycho-metaphysical implosion of anxiety, with strange-tasting traces of black comedy and movie-buff riffs” — The Guardian

Director

Peter Strickland

Language(s)

English