Belgian co-production wins two Oscars
American director Darius Marder's "Sound of Metal", co-produced by Belgian company Caviar, won the Oscar for Best Sound and for Best Achievement in Film Editing at the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Sound of Metal follows Ruben (Riz Ahmed) along with his singer-girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke), as they travel the United States between two concerts. One night, Ruben loses his hearing unexpectedly and his life is suddenly turned upside down; the former drug addict and Noise metal drummer is back tangling with his old demons again. Ruben finds himself in a home for deaf drug addicts.
To bring viewers closer to the character, director Darius Marder does not initially translate the sign language, for example, leaving them as clueless as Ruben himself before he learns to express himself through sign. This success is the result of meticulous research to reproduce the sensory experience of deafness as closely as possible. This film was co-produced by Caviar, one of the main Belgian film producers. The Mechelen-based production company has offices in Brussels, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Amsterdam and Madrid. It has left its mark on the audiovisual world, with feature films and remarkable fiction series, commercials, music videos, web series and digital content.