Area Premiere! BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO
June 21 - June 23, 2013
In this mind-bending psychological thriller, Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) plays Gilderoy, a mild-mannered British sound engineer who is unexpectedly called to Rome to work on an Italian horror film. Between trying to navigate the byzantine payroll process, re-recording scream after bloodcurdling scream, observing the destruction of countless melons by the foleys, and repeatedly viewing the shocking imagery of the film itself, Gilderoy’s mind begins to unravel. As his grip on reality loosens, Gilderoy ceases to be able to distinguish the difference between his life and the life of the film.
Set in the 1970s exploitation film production world, BERBERIAN’s intricate attention to detail and laconic cinematography create an unmistakable mood of dread while Gilderoy’s story plays out like a horror movie as written by Samuel Beckett.
“Constructs a perpetually strange, unseemly series of events overshadowed (and sometimes consumed by) the spooky movie-within-a-movie that hangs over every scene.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWIRE