Following the film, Variety’s Film Awards Editor Clayton Davis leads a conversation with filmmaker Darius Marder and actors Riz Ahmed, Paul Raci, Chelsea Lee and Shaheem Sanchez.

After watching SOUND OF METAL, join us for a live AFI Summit session live on October 18, 11:00 a.m. PDT: FINDING YOUR VOICE: SOUND OF METAL STRIKES A CHORD WITH THE DEAF COMMUNITY

A recovering drug addict, Ruben has finally achieved balance in his life and knows his place in the world. He spends his nights drumming in a heavy-metal band with his girlfriend, traveling from show to show in a ragged RV – it may not be much, but it is full of love. When his ear pops during a performance, Ruben thinks little of it at first, but his hearing quickly deteriorates. When your existence and love is music, what happens when your world suddenly changes?

Riz Ahmed gives a powerful performance as a man on a complicated journey of grief and identity. With clever sound design and a sensitive script, SOUND OF METAL is a profound exploration on both the experience and culture of deafness. –Sarah Harris

Darius Marder is a writer and director whose first feature film LOOT was awarded the Best Documentary prize at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival. Marder co-wrote the narrative feature THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES in 2012 with Derek Cianfrance and Ben Coccio. In 2015, Marder and Cianfrance co-adapted EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON by Sam Gwyne for Warner Bros. Entertainment. SOUND OF METAL, cowritten with his brother Abraham, is Marder’s fiction directorial debut.


Country: USA

Year: 2019

Director: Darius Marder

Screenwriters: Darius Marder, Abraham Marder

Producers: Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, Kathy Benz, Bill Benz

Executive Producers: Riz Ahmed, Michaël Sagol, Daniel Sbrega, Dickey Abedon, Derek Cianfrance, Kirt Gunn, Fredric King

Director of Photography: Daniël Bouquet

Editor: Mikkel E. G. Nielsen

Production Designer: Jeremy Woodward

Music: Abraham Marder, Nicolas Becker

Cast/Featuring: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff, Mathieu Amalric

Running Time (minutes): 130

Language: English

Accessibility: Closed Captions