Winner of 2 Academy Awards - Best Sound and Best Film Editing
Directed by Darius Marder, Ruben (Riz Ahmed) one part of heavy metal band Blackgammon alongside his partner and lead singer, Lou (Olivia Cooke), travelling across America in a beat-up cruiser. Ruben is hiding the fact that his hearing is rapidly deteriorating. Before one concert, Ruben wakes up and cannot hear a thing. Panicked that his physical health will affect his mental health, Lou and a sponsor check him into a safe house that specialises in those who are hard of hearing, run by Joe (Paul Raci). However, Ruben struggles and tries to desperately to get his hearing back, but is his stubborn nature hurting those who support him?
Marder uses sound design, subtitles and sign language to immerse viewers into the deaf experienc.
***** “The Oscar-nominated actor gives a powerhouse performance in Darius Marder’s tale of addiction, loss, and redemption” – Tim Robey, The Telegraph