Berberian Sound Studio, by Peter Strickland
The surrealistic sight Leitmotiv Retrospective Session
Original title: Berberian Sound Studio
Running time: 92 min.
Country: United Kingdom
Director: Peter Strickland
Screenwriter: Peter Strickland
Cinematography: Nicholas D. Knowland
Cast: Toby Jones, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Cosimo Fusco, Susanna Cappellaro, Layla Amir, Eugenia Caruso, Hilda Péter, Chiara D’Anna, Katalin Ladik, Guido Adorni, Lara Parmiani, Antonio Mancino, Suzy Kendall, Salvatore LI Causi, Fatma Mohamed, Zsuzsanna Buksi
Producer: Illuminations Films / Warp X
Synopsis: 1976: Berberian Sound Studio is one of the cheapest, sleaziest post-production studios in Italy. Only the most sordid horror films have their sound processed and sharpened in this studio. Gilderoy, a naive and introverted sound engineer from England is hired to orchestrate the sound mix for the latest film by horror maestro, Santini. Thrown from the innocent world of local documentaries into a foreign environment fuelled by exploitation, Gilderoy soon finds himself caught up in a forbidding 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 for his garden shed studio in his hometown of Dorking. His mother’s letters alternate between banal gossip and an ominous hysteria, which gradually mirrors the black magic of Santini’s film. As both time and realities shift, Gilderoy finds himself lost in an otherworldly spiral of sonic and personal mayhem, and has to confront his own demons in order to stay afloat in an environment ruled by exploitation both on and off screen.
2012: Locarno Film Festival: Official Selection
2012: British Independent Film Awards: Best Director and Best Actor (Toby Jones)
2012: Sitges Film Festival: Official Selection
2013: BAFICI: Best Film