2019 Sundance Film Festival (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Narrative Feature | 87 mins
Starring: Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori, and Austin Pendleton


"Fascinating, original and deeply resonant.”

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

"Art is supposed to help us see the world in novel ways. The Sound of Silence, in its quietly exhilarating manner, may make us hear it differently, too."

-John Anderson, The Wall Street Journal

“Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones excel in soulful tale of sound and connection.”

-Robert Abele, The Wrap

"A very finely tuned film."

-Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

“A revelation.”

“Debuting feature director Michael Tyburski and co-writer Ben Nabors' lyrical character study…deftly balances the cerebral with the soulful in a story of transfixing originality.”

“It says something about this minor-key but unexpectedly lovely film's lingering spell that we leave the theater — at least I did — recalibrating our own aural perception process and parsing the sounds around us with new attentiveness.”

-David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"The Sound of Silence reverberates with big ideas beneath the surface.”

"Nearly two decades ago, Charlie Kaufman opened the door to a fresh realm of absurdist science fiction with Being John Malkovich, and few screenwriters have managed to replicate that endearingly dorky, hyper-cerebral style of comedy since. The Sound of Silence comes close."

"Sure to maintain a degree of hipster cred for those who’ve seen it."

-Peter Debruge, Variety

“Michael Tyburski's debut feature deserves to be listened to at full volume.”

“Tyburski takes a more cerebral approach, offering up a man who’s so attuned to the constant background hum of daily life that he knows how to focus on the signal and ignore the noise.”

“It’s an auspicious debut for Tyburski and may leave you wishing you could hire a house tuner of your own.”

-Michael Nordine, IndieWire

“Charming and incisive.”

““It’s a tranquil movie—even the shots designed to rattle and jar have a pleasant softness to them, and (as we learned at the Sundance Q&A) director Michael Tyburski began the shoot with a moment of silence—and the images are delicately lovely, never overstated, with ideas and passions that run deep.”

“A film that revels in minute details and subtleties finishes with a transcendently beautiful vision: a great reign of silence and darkness, fitting for this iconoclastic love letter to New York.”

-Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Rooftop Films