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Toby Jones stars in the seemingly-psychedelic 70s thriller set against the backdrop of sound mixing a giallo?
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO hits UK cinemas August 31, while making its North American debut this September at the Toronto International Film Festival. But what exactly is it? It's described as a moody, psychological thriller where "time and realities shift," and the more I read and see, the more I'm intrigued. The film looks like an out-there way of paying tribute to a particular, beloved aesthetic, while crafting something new, and slightly bonkers.
Here's how Frightfest UK writes it up, "It's 1976 and Gilderoy, an introverted sound engineer of a very sensitive disposition from Dorking, specialising in local nature documentaries, goes to Italy to work on the horror film ‘The Equestrian Vortex’ by exploitation maestro Giancarlo Santini. Only the cheapest, nastiest and most abhorred films pass through the run-down Berberian Sound Studio doors though and in this crazy, dodgy and alien environment Gilderoy composes bloodcurdling sounds from hacked vegetables, works out how to create chainsaw effects and mixes screams. But soon life begins to imitate art as both time and realities begin to shift – and Gilderoy finds himself lost in an otherworldly spiral of on screen witchcraft, off-screen sexual intrigue and sonic and personal mayhem."
Hopefully, someone picks this one up for U.S. distribution straight out of Toronto. For more, head to TIFF.
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