UNITED KINGDOM – 2012 – 92 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH & ITALIAN
A FILM BY PETER STRICKLAND

1976: Berberian Sound Studio is one of the cheapest, sleaziest post-production studios in Italy. Only the most sordid horror films have their sound processed and sharpened in this studio. Gilderoy, a naive and introverted sound engineer from England is hired to orchestrate the sound mix for the latest film by horror maestro, Santini. Thrown from the innocent world of local documentaries into a foreign environment fuelled by exploitation, Gilderoy soon finds himself caught up in a forbidding world of bitter actresses, capricious technicians and confounding bureaucracy. 

The longer Gilderoy spends mixing screams and the bloodcurdling sounds of hacked vegetables, the more homesick he becomes for his garden shed studio in his hometown of Dorking. His mother’s letters alternate between banal gossip and an ominous hysteria, which gradually mirrors the black magic of Santini’s film. As both time and realities shift, Gilderoy finds himself lost in an otherworldly spiral of sonic and personal mayhem, and has to confront his own demons in order to stay afloat in an environment ruled by exploitation both on and off screen.

DIRECTOR
Peter Strickland was born in 1973 in Reading, UK. Strickland's first feature film, Katalin Varga was shot entirely independently in 2006 and later went on to win many awards including a Silver Bear in Berlin and The European Film Academy's Discovery of the Year award in 2009. Katalin Varga screened at festivals throughout the world and was sold in many territories.

Prior to Katalin Varga, Strickland made a number of short films and produced several records of abstract music, field recordings and spoken word.

 

"...Strickland synthesizes his various cinematic influences into something wholly harmonious and original."
THE GLOBE AND MAIL

"A melon-rattling trip down the earhole"
THE TORONTO STAR

An interview with Director Peter Strickland
THE TORONTO STAR

"The narrative rule of thumb is show, don’t tell. Writer and director Peter Strickland does the opposite with his tense cinematic puzzle BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, to sinister (and sometimes slyly comedic) effect."
THE NATIONAL POST

"Upping the fear factor."
NOW MAGAZINE

"While it works as an abstract, expressionistic identity crisis horror in the vein of a toned-down David Lynch, BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO's most profound achievement is its audacious celebration of the minutiae of sound design."
EXCLAIM!

"...brilliant. No one has ever inverted the European horror film with such wit, eloquence and purpose to challenge its audience."
- FANGORIA

"Filmmaker Peter Stickland’s uber eerie psychological thriller will leave you totally creeped out."
ADDICTED

"...a wonderfully self-reflexive film."
POPSHIFTER

"First and foremost a mood piece, it's a film with an unnerving (and occasionally enervating) effect unlike any other I've ever seen."
BLOGTO

"Cinephiles will fall in love with BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO..."
TORONTO FILM SCENE

Video interview with director Peter Strickland
ELECTRIC PLAYGROUND

4 Stars! "A treat for fans of vintage horror cinema (in particular, the experimental giallo genre) and vintage sound gear, this stylish, darkly humorous thriller locks us in a claustrophobic studio in 1970s Italy for a paranoia ride."
THE GLOBE AND MAIL

"...but the experience is still worth having."
NOW MAGAZINE

"‘Berberian Sound Studio’: Making Brutal Sounds with Vegetables"
FEAR NET

★★★★½ "...a masterclass in ambiance and suspense. Not to be be missed for fans of the genre."
SPOOOOL

"...a hypnotically formalist nightmare"
TORONTO STANDARD

"Richly textured and nigh unparsable, BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO has the terrifying specificity of dreams"
THE SUBSTREAM

"...of the most original films I’ve seen in a while."
MATTHEW STASOFF

""...one of the strangest movies that you’ll see all year and also one of the most perversely fascinating."
DORK SHELF

"Movie Junkie’s Top 10 Anticipated Films"
ENTERTAINMENT MAVEN

"...the most affectionate fictional feature-length tribute to a specific technical discipline of filmmaking ever made."
SOUND ON SIGHT

"If there's a movie made by a film geek for the pleasure of other film geeks at the festival this year, this is that film. A love letter to classic giallo and the artisans who created it, this looks to be fascinating, atmospheric stuff."
TWITCH FILM

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO wins "best film," "best director" & "best actor" @ 2012 FrightFest Awards!
TOTALFILM.COM

"...definitely unique with some wonderful moments"
WAY TOO INDIE

"...an excellent example of how sound can be just as horrifying as picture."
SK ON MOVIES