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Sound of Metal (15)
June 19th 7:00 pm
Ruben (Riz Ahmed) and Lou (Olivia Cooke) live together, two nomads traveling gig to gig on an endless American tour. Their music is loud, frenzied and passionate, until one day Ruben is overwhelmed by a severe ringing in his ears, which quickly gives way to deafness. Ruben is suddenly overcome by anxiety, depression, and soon enough his past addictions begin to surface. Ruben checks himself into a home for deaf addicts run by an eccentric deaf veteran, Joe. In this world of silence and under Joe’s tough, observant care, Ruben must confront himself more honestly than ever before. But the love and sound of his old life echoes in Ruben’s mind, calling for him to return…
Includes a 20-minute recorded zoom Q&A with director Darius Marder and actors Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke and Paul Raci.
Running time: 2hrs
“Ahmed is superb in this impactful drama which explores attitudes towards and questions about disability” – Screen Daily
“Devastating and hopeful in the same breath” – Little White Lies
“The best use of sound design in recent memory… Engrossing.” – IndieWire
“One of the film’s best features is its refusal to indulge in triumph-of-the-human-spirit clichés that so often weigh down disability narratives.” – The Wrap
“British actor and rapper Riz Ahmed absolutely shines as Ruben Stone” – Associated Press
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