Legendary filmmaker Amir Naderi had the audacity to compose his sixteenth film of only two scenes, plus a brief prelude and epilogue. Out of this massive risk has come an undeniable masterpiece, Sound Barrier. An 11-year-old boy, Jesse, travels from Manhattan with a letter and a key to a Queens storage unit. In this tiny room, he searches for an audiocassette recording of his deceased mother. Desperate to hear her voice, he hopes she will provide clues to their past and himself. But even if he finds the tape, Jesse will face another obstacle. He is both deaf and mute. Working with such a minimal story, Naderi has succeeded in expanding the boundaries of cinema farther than any of his contemporaries. Yet he never forgets the essential human emotions that so powerfully entangle the viewer with Jesse and his quest, and that is what makes watching this film such a profoundly rewarding experience. Charlie Wilson delivers an impressive debut performance as Jesse, and rising New York cinematographer Michael Simmonds heightens each moment with his unique and brilliant compositions. Sound Barrier challenges the viewers very existence, and forces you to question any and all limits. Through the determination of Jesse, the film provides hope and inspiration to begin life anew-to break the sound barrier. –Tribeca Film Festival
Amir Naderi (Persian: امیر نادری, born 15 August, 1946 in Abadan) is a notable Iranian film director, screenwriter and one of the most influential figures of 20th-century Persian cinema.
Naderi developed his knowledge of cinema by watching films at the theater where he worked as a boy, reading film criticism, and making relationships with leading film critics. He began his career with still photography for some notable Iranian features. In the 1970s, Naderi turned to directing, and made some of the most important features of the New Iranian Cinema. In 1971, his directorial debut, Goodbye Friend was released in Iran. Mr. Naderi first came into the international spotlight with films that are now known as cinema classics, The Runner (1985), and Water, Wind, Dust (1989). The Runner is considered by many critics to be one of the most influential films of the past quarter century. After a number of his films were banned by the Iranian government… read more