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Mexico scores an Oscar for best sound for "Sound of Metal"

Los Angeles (USA), Apr 25 (EFE) .- Mexico today scored an Oscar at tonight’s gala with the award for the best sound for a team that includes Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc and Carlos Cortés, in the movie “Sound of Metal”.

“It is a team effort, there are people from many countries, from France, the US, Finland and Venezuela. We are very proud,” said Mexican Jaime Baksht during a press conference after receiving the award.

In addition to Baksht, Couttolenc and Cortés, the Oscar awarded the work of Nicolas Becker and Phillip Bladh.

The recognition has a special connection with Mexico since the studio in which the mixing and sound editing of the film was carried out is located in the Latin American country.

“All the blockbusters and films most recognized in sound at the Oscars are always mixed in California and London. That now they have recognized a film that the mix was made by Mexicans here in Mexico is an achievement,” said Michelle Couttolenc in an interview with Efe days before the ceremony.

In addition, sound is a fundamental part of “Sound of Metal”, a film that chronicles the fall of a drummer who got off drugs thanks to music and who discovers that he is losing his hearing.

Riz Ahmed, who plays the drummer, has been commissioned to present the award to his fellow producers.

The challenge of sound was found in the ability to convey the despair and frustration that the protagonist goes through, and for this the director had non-traditional ideas regarding the treatment of sound.

“It has been a long road in which we have had to learn to work the techniques of cinematographic sound,” said Baksht.

The meeting of the Mexicans with the American Nicholas Becker, teammate, took them to the town of Tepoztlán, Morelos (Mexico), where one of the headquarters of the Astro Estudio of Mexican director Carlos Reygadas is located.

(c) EFE Agency

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