In the 1970s, a British sound technician (Toby Jones) is brought to Italy to work on the sound effects for a gruesome horror film. His nightmarish task slowly takes over his psyche, driving him to confront his own past. Berberian Sound Studio is many things: an anti-horror film, a stylistic tour de force, and a dream of cinema. As such, it offers a kind of pleasure that is rare in films, while recreating in a highly original way the pleasures of Italian horror cinema. —edfilmfest.org.uk
He was born in Reading, England in 1973. He made several Super 8 and 16mm short films. His most well-known short film, Bubblegum, brought Andy Warhol superstar, Holly Woodlawn out of a long hiatus and screened at Berlin in 1997. He also founded the musique-culinary group, The Sonic Catering Band in 1996 with friends from Reading, releasing several records and performing live throughout Europe. Katalin Varga is his first feature film. He now lives in Hungary where he teaches English. —TIFF
Brilliant Shining-like idea, and strong central performance by Toby Jones, let down by underwhelming digital cinematography, gimmicky editing, and some woeful acting by the entirety of the supporting cast. What could have been deliciously nightmarish is instead a cold pretentious plod, with one or two flashes of brilliance towards the end (one completely silent sequence being a super-chilling standout).
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