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IFC Midnight acquires ‘Sound Studio’

Strickland's psychological horror pic to screen at Toronto

IFC Midnight has acquired all U.S. rights to director Peter Strickland’s psychological horror film “Berberian Sound Studio.”

Keith Griffiths and Mary Burke produced the project along with co-producer Hans Geissendoerfer. Robin Gutch, Katherine Butler, and Hugo Heppel exec produced.

The film is an Illuminations Films / Warp X production, which was co-developed and co-financed by Film4 & UK Film Council Film Fund (now with the BFI), and made in association with Screen Yorkshire and Geibendorfer Film Und Fernsehproduktion.

Strickland also wrote the screenplay for the film, which stars Toby Jones, Cosimo Fusco, Antonio Mancino, Fatma Mohamed, Tonia Sotiropolou, and Salvatore Li Causi.

Film previously screened at the Locarno Film Festival and Edinburgh Film Festival. It will also be playing at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival.

Set in 1976, pic takes place at one of the cheapest, sleaziest post-production facilities in Italy, where a naive and introverted sound engineer from England is hired to orchestrate the sound mix for the latest film by a horror maestro.

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The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco with Brigitte Suarez of The Match Factory onbehalf of the filmmakers.

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