The Act of Killing
Denmark, 2012, 115 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Norway, UK
Genre/Subjects: Crime, Documentary, History
Language: Indonesian, English English Sub-Titles
ENDING Thursday, September 5th at the Sie FilmCenter
With a 97% approval rating on RottenTomatoes.com - this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit. Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and winning an Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, The Act of Killing is an unprecedented film that, according to The Los Angeles Times, "could well change how you view the documentary form."
The Act of Killing review
"See this movie. I can’t be more direct. The Act of Killing is one of the most extraordinary films you’ll ever encounter, not to mention one of the craziest filmmaking concepts anywhere.
To begin with, The Act of Killing is real — or as real as things can be when you ask the men who perpetrated mass killings in Indonesia to tell and show (and film) their own version of events. It’s the brainchild of 38-year-old director Joshua Oppenheimer, who spent more than eight years there recording the stories of dozens of death-squad leaders and sifting through mountains of interviews and footage before arriving at his two-hour final cut..."
The Boston Globe
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DIRECTOR: Joshua Oppenheimer