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FrightFest 2012: Berberian Sound Studio is Total Film's sponsored film

Total Film ’s sponsored movie at FrightFest 2012 will be Berberian Sound Studio .

Peter Strickland’s eerie, beautifully crafted film tells of a mild-mannered English sound technician (Toby Jones) who goes to Italy to work on a full-blooded horror movie.

Faced with language barriers, an overbearing producer (Cosimo Fusco), loneliness, cramped studio interiors and a deluge of gratuitous images, his disheartenment turns to distress to mental disintegration…

A love letter to the ‘70s heyday of Italian horror, Berberian Sound Studio faultlessly recreates the period and is imbued with an unshakeable sense of dread.

Think early Polanski pictures meets Dario Argento meets David Lynch and you’re there. Sort of.

Total Film ’s Deputy Editor Jamie Graham says: “This is our fourth year in partnership with FrightFest , and Berberian Sound Studio - after Kill List , Monsters and Niels Arden Oplev’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – advances our mission to sponsor top-quality movies.

“It also ties in nicely with our Total Film Icon for 2012 , who is none other than the master of Italian horror himself, Dario Argento.”

Berberian Sound Studio
plays at FrightFest on Sunday 26 August. To book tickets, visit Empire cinemas FrightFest 2012 booking page .