NEW YORK, NY (April 09, 2019) — IFC Films announced today that it is acquiring U.S. rights to Michael Tyburski’s debut feature THE SOUND OF SILENCE, co-written by Michael Tyburski and Ben Nabors, starring Peter Sarsgaard (AN EDUCATION, BOYS DON’T CRY), Rashida Jones (PARKS AND RECREATION, CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER), Tony Revolori (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, DOPE), and Austin Pendleton (WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS, A BEAUTIFUL MIND). The film is produced by Ben Nabors, Michael Prall, Anonymous Content’s Tariq Merhab and Charlie Scully, and Keshet Films’ Mandy Tagger Brockley and Adi Ezroni. THE SOUND OF SILENCE, based on the short film PALIMPSEST, which received a Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, returned to Sundance in 2019 for its World Premiere in the U.S. Dramatic competition. The film will be released theatrically in 2019.
THE SOUND OF SILENCE follows a self-taught scientist, Peter (Sarsgaard), working in New York City as a “house tuner”—a unique, highly specialized profession he’s invented. His clients approach him with troubles like depression, anxiety, or fatigue. After extensive analysis of their homes’ acoustic characteristics, he identifies some sonic combination that’s altering their mood —a radiator mixed with a kitchen appliance, for instance— and is able to calibrate it. But following a routine house call where he meets Ellen (Jones), who is experiencing exhaustion, Peter obsessively searches for the fault in his practice after his initial conclusion proves incorrect.
THE SOUND OF SILENCE is a serene contemplation of people living in their modern environment—and their desire to understand and even control it.
Arianna Bocco EVP of Acquisitions and Productions of IFC Films said, “We’re thrilled to be able to work with extraordinary new voices like writer/director Michael Tyburski. There is a quiet brilliance to this film that we believe will translate widely and loudly to audiences across the U.S.”
Michael Tyburski added, “This movie has been years in the making, so I’m very excited for audiences to finally be able to both see and hear it theatrically. And I am humbled to work with the trusted team at IFC Films on the release – who have an absolutely incredible track record for curating some of the finest works in the independent scene.”
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco and UTA on behalf of the filmmakers.
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