IFC Films has released the trailer and poster for Peter Strickland‘s thriller Berberian Sound Studio. The film stars Toby Jones as a sound engineer who has come to Italy to work on a horror film. Once there, he finds the project in disarray, and begins to feel a sense of tension from the picture as well as the working conditions. The movie isn’t without merit, but it will likely appeal more to fans of giallo cinema. I caught the flick at Fantastic Fest last year, and while I enjoyed Jones’ performance and the intensity of the direction, it couldn’t make up for a dull story.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. Berberian Sound Studio will be released in theaters, on VOD, and on iTunes on June 7th.
Peter Strickland‘s Berberian Sound Studio feels desperate to convince the audience that something is happening. Events appear secondary to one man’s descendant into madness despite not having a compelling reason to descend into madness. It’s a movie where the greatest conflict involves travel reimbursement. Fans of giallo cinema might find a fun correlation between the plot and the setting, but for outsiders, it’s a film where the striking direction attempts to give voice a feeble character and story by screaming.
We’ve already seen two waves of film announcements for the upcoming Fantastic Fest in Austin, including Dredd 3D, Room 237, The Shining, Looper, Sinister, The ABCs of Death, and Red Dawn as the festival’s closing film. Now the festival has announced the final wave of films including the world premiere of the horror film The Collection. This final wave of films also includes Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral, the remake of Pusher, and the bizarre World War II film Danger 5.
Hit the jump to check out the press release, which includes the full final wave of film announcements. The 2012 Fantastic Fest will take place September 20 – 27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse.
by Phil Brown Posted: September 7th, 2012 at 6:03 pm
Stylistically recalling the likes of David Lynch and dependent on at least passing knowledge of 70s Italian horror films like Suspiria or The Beyond, it’s safe to say that Berberian Sound Studio isn’t a movie for everyone. Thankfully, that’s also exactly what makes it special. This is certainly one of the strangest damn movies that will screen at TIFF this year and also one of the most fascinating. A surreal horror thriller just as insane as its main character and an act of sensory deprivation that will ensure you’ll never be able to look at watermelons the same way again. This headtrip is not an easy film to shake off or forget, which is a good thing since it will probably take a few viewings to sort the whole thing out. Hit the jump for the rest of my review.
Last week, the Toronto International Film Festival announced their 2012 line-up for the Special Presentations and Galas programs. They’ve now announced their other line-ups including Midnight Madness and Documentaries as well as TIFF Kids, Vanguard, and Cinematheque. The Kids program only has four films, but two of them are Hotel Transylvania and Finding Nemo 3D. Vanguard, which is “international works that defy convention and ride on the pulse of cutting-edge cinema, includes the British remake of Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Pusher, the great Shining documentary Room 237, Michel Gondry‘s The We and the I, and Sightseers, the new film from Kill List director Ben Wheatley. Finally, Cinematheque is for the classic films and it includes the digital 3D presentation of Alfred Hitchcock‘s Dial M for Murder, and a 4K restoration of Roman Polanski‘s Tess.
Hit the jump for all the line-ups. The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.