EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit Film Constellation has picked up international sales rights to Sundance-bound drama The Sound Of Silence, starring Peter Sarsgaard (Jackie) and Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation).
Writer-director Michael Tyburski’s feature debut, which will get its world premiere in competition at the Utah festival, tells the story of self-taught scientist Peter (Sarsgaard) who works in New York 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 – a radiator mixed with a kitchen appliance, for instance – that’s altering their mood. Despite some skepticism, his clients see results… until he meets Ellen (Jones), who is experiencing exhaustion. After his initial conclusion proves incorrect, Peter obsessively searches for the fault in his practice.
Also starring are Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Austin Pendleton (A Beautiful Mind). Producers are Ben Nabors, Michael Prall, Tariq Merhab, Charlie Scully, Mandy Tagger Brockey and Adi Ezroni. UTA reps U.S.
The film is co-written with producer Nabors and is based on his and Tyburski’s short film Palimpsest, which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance fest.
Tyburski, who was previously selected as a feature film fellow for the Sundance Institute’s Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound, said, “I’ve become fascinated by the way sounds can subconsciously affect our lives, and this story gave me the opportunity to embrace New York from a unique sound perspective. The film is told from the point of view of an individual who hears beyond a noisy city—tuning the mundane din of urban sounds into a beautiful city symphony. To our main character’s ears, there’s harmony beneath the chaos. I’m incredibly excited for people to both see and hear the film, and to work with Film Constellation in bringing it to a greater international audience.”
Film Constellation’s Fabien Westerhoff added, “Michael offers a remarkable moving allegory of modern life, and people’s longing for connection and harmony. We can’t wait to introduce the film to our international buyers at Sundance.”