The Shout

  • Dir: Jerzy Skolimowski

  • UK, 1978, 86min, DCP

  • Cast: Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt

The sonic terror of this visionary horror oddity remains the most unnerving epitome of sound design in cinema. This weird and dark story follows an avant-garde musician and his wife, whose tranquil life is disturbed by the sudden arrival of a stranger who claims to possess aboriginal magic and the power to perform a shout that can kill. Skolimowski transforms the inarticulate scream of the Pope in Francis Bacon’s painting into an expressive shout of fear and pain magnified by the Dolby stereo system, creating one of the most eerie and overwhelming filmic experiences.

1978 Cannes Film Festival, Grand Prize of the Jury

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

3. While it is the HKIFF’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, HKIFF will appreciate its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.