The 3rd floor gallery of the California Museum of Photography is closed for the installation of Color Shift from August 12th through August 30th, reopening on August 31st.

Berberian Sound Studio

Directed by: Peter Strickland

2013 | UK | 92 minutes | Unrated


Friday, September 27, 2013, 7pm - 4pm


Saturday, September 28, 2013, 7pm - 4pm

A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.

Watching the unsettling Berberian Sound Studio, you become very aware of noises. A scream seems to rip the film in two; a whisper curdles your blood. Set in a schlocky Italian postproduction studio in 1976, it concerns a sound engineer hired to create the mix for a horror film. He is quickly intimidated by the strangeness of the place and shadowy lights and harsh voices. Writer-director Peter Strickland intriguingly weaves in a movie-within-a-movie that we barely see, but we hear. And he makes his film an homage to the art of creating sounds. Knives slash into watermelons; the ominous tap of high-heeled footsteps echos in a hallway. And finally, silenzio falls: the most terrifying sound of all.” - Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times. 

Winner 11 International Film Festival Awards, 2012/2013