- Category: Interviews
- Created: Monday, 07 December 2020 12:01
- Published: Monday, 07 December 2020 15:24
- Written by Lupe R Haas
Director Darius Marder delivers one of the best films this year with SOUND OF METAL starring Riz Ahmed in an award-worthy performance and Olivia Cooke. The sound design immerses the viewer into Ruben's journey as he looses his hearing. CineMovie talked to the writer and director behind the beautifully-crafted movie.
SOUND OF METAL is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Punk-metal drummer Ruben (Ahmed) begins experiencing hearing loss during his road tour with his two-person band with girlfriend and singer Lou (Cooke). Losing his hearing takes away the one thing that keeps the recovering drug addict coping with life. Lou checks Ruben into a sober house for the deaf to avoid a relapse and adapt to his new reality.
The innovative sound design immerses the viewer to give a first person perspective into Ruben's struggle to come to terms with his loss.
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.