The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Sound Of Metal

From The Place Beyond the Pines co-writer Darius Marder comes Sound of Metal, a beautifully-piercing and sensitive portrait of the deaf community.

One of the most widely-acclaimed films of 2020, the film focuses on Ruben (Oscar nominee Riz Ahmed), the drummer of a heavy metal/noise duo, and his partner Lou (Olivia Cooke). As Ruben suddenly begins to lose his hearing, he soon finds himself within the care of a shelter for deaf, recovering addicts. A former heroin user, Ruben slowly learns from the shelter’s leader Joe (fellow Oscar nominee Paul Raci) that he is not there to fix his hearing, but rather to adapt: to live a life experienced in stillness.

Nominated for six Academy Awards, Sound of Metal has been praised for its raw performances and distinctive sound design, allowing viewers to deeply immerse themselves into the perspective of Ruben. The film would go on to win the Oscar for Best Sound, as well as Best Film Editing.


“A beautifully argued parable about the need to go where life takes you, Darius Marder’s debut thrives on the soul of Riz Ahmed and the bold creativity of sound designer Nicholas Becker.”  — Ian Freer,Empire Magazine

“As Ruben’s fear and rage begins to open itself to the unknown, the movie reaches toward something profound – finding real, furious power in the spaces between the sound.”  — Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

“You’ll come away from this utterly shaken and moved by it all.”  — Brian Lloyd, entertainment.ie