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The Sound of Silence


A self-taught scientist, Peter (Peter Sarsgaard) 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 (Rashida Jones), who is experiencing exhaustion. After his initial conclusion proves incorrect, Peter obsessively searches for the fault in his practice.

Adapting their short film Palimpsest (Special Jury Prize, 2013 Sundance Film Festival), writer/director Michael Tyburski and writer/producer Ben Nabors have created an elegant, lyrical film marked by a subtle unfolding of story and a gentle approach to character, disquietude, and human connection. Peter is a mesmerizing figure. Mannered, meticulous, methodical, he’s shaken when the years he’s spent mapping New York’s natural harmonies come into question. The Sound of Silence is a serene contemplation of people living in their modern environment—and their desire to understand and even control it.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY U.S. Dramatic Competition


RUN TIME 87 min


EMAIL schwartz-wrightm@unitedtalent.com


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Artist Bio

Michael Tyburski

Michael Tyburski is a filmmaker living in New York City. His short film Palimpsest premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize. He was selected as a feature film fellow for Sundance Institute’s Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound and was named by Filmmaker magazine as one of the “25 new faces of independent film.” The Sound of Silence is his feature-film debut.