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Berberian Sound Studio’s Peter Strickland Officially out of his Cocoon with ‘The Duke of Burgundy’

Hot off what has turned out to be a great 2012 — his sophomore film, the Locarno & TIFF presented Berberian Sound Studio has just picked up four British Independent Film Award wins including Best Director (it was nominated four seven total), and now Peter Strickland will team with Ben Wheatley’s production banner Rook Films on The Duke of Burgundy. Tipped as a dark melodrama, Berberian Sound Studio‘s scream queen Chiara D’Anna will also join this project set to begin shooting in 2013 – thus making the film his third official feature. It had been reported that the larger in scope The Beginning of Spring was a possibility.

Gist: Chiara D’Anna (Berberian Sound Studio) plays an amateur lepidopterist (study of moths and the three superfamilies of butterflies, skipper butterflies, and moth-butterflies) whose wayward desires test the limits of her lover’s tolerance.

Worth Noting: Strickland is quoted as saying “after damaging my eardrums with too many screams during the Berberian sound mix, I wanted to make something tender and quiet, but also quite intense. It’s a simple love story about a devoted couple whose intimate needs are rarely in harmony.

Do We Care?: Naturally BSS slayed our team of critics, but not to be overlooked – his rock solid debut Katalin Varga (trailer below).

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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