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SOUND OF METAL
2019, Amazon Studios, 120 min, Belgium/USA, Dir: Darius Marder

During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist says his condition will rapidly worsen, Ruben thinks his music career - and with it his life - is over. His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben must choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew. Utilizing startling, innovative sound design techniques, director Darius Marder takes audiences inside Ruben’s experience to vividly recreate his journey into a rarely examined world.


THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST
2012, IFC Films, 128 min, USA, Dir: Mira Nair

Based on the best-seller by Mohsin Hamid, this thriller from director Mira Nair (MONSOON WEDDING) explores the polarizing effects of both globalization and the war on terror. When Pakistani professor Changez (Riz Ahmed) sits down with an American (Liev Schreiber) in a Lahore teahouse to talk about the teacher’s pre-9/11 past as a Wall Street wunderkind, the life of a hostage hangs in the balance. Shot on three continents with an international cast including Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland and Om Puri, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST forces viewers to confront their own biases along with the characters’ ever-shifting agendas.


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