UK distributor Artificial Eye have acquired British auteur Peter Strickland’s new horror film Berberian Sound Studio ahead of its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
The film stars Toby Jones as an introverted sound engineer from Surrey hired to work on a giallo film by horror director Santini, and who ends up in a sleazy post production studio in Italy that houses untold horrors of its own. The film was shot in London last June.
The hotly-anticipated horror is the latest in a slew of high-profile captures for Artificial Eye’s acquisition funding vehicle Curzon Film Rights 2. They will distribute Michael Haneke’s Palme D’or winning Armour (Love) later this year, as well as Aleksei Fedorchenko’s Silent Souls.
Art Eye have previous with the critically-acclaimed British auteur Strickland after bringing his independently-funded, Transylvania-set drama Katalin Varga to an international audience after the film won the Berlin Silver Bear.
The “hauntological horror” is being produced by Keith Griffiths for Illuminations Films and Mary Burke for Warp X. The film shot for 24 days at Three Mills Studio in East London, on a reported budget of around £1.5 million. The Match Factory are handling international sales.