A Scream from Silence

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A Scream from Silence
Film poster
Directed by Anne Claire Poirier
Produced by Jacques Gagné
Anne Claire Poirier
Written by Anne Claire Poirier
Marthe Blackburn
Starring Julie Vincent
Music by Maurice Blackburn
Cinematography Michel Brault
Edited by André Corriveau
Distributed by NFB
Release date
  • May 18, 1979 (1979-05-18)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Canada
Language French

A Scream from Silence (French: Mourir à tue-tête) is a 1979 Canadian drama film directed by Anne Claire Poirier. It competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 52nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2]


A young nurse named Suzanne is kidnapped, assaulted and brutally raped in the back of a truck by a woman-hating stranger. The nurse's rape and the aftermath are part of a film which a director and her editor are working on. From time to time they pause the film to discuss their intentions and reactions to the film they are making. Mixed in with the story is documentary footage of the stories of other women who have been raped around the world.


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  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: A Scream from Silence". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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