We have a pair of tickets to give away for each of the following screenings (one screening per winner):
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
What is one to make of the men who freely admit their involvement—and pleasure—in the mass killing of millions of Indonesians during that country’s bloody anti-Communist campaign in the 1960s? American filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer’s THE ACT OF KILLING bypasses the usual documentary tropes of exposing injustice, instead provoking the viewer to consider the murderers’ sense of responsibility for their crimes. Teetering between sheer horror and grotesque comedy, this is a glimpse into the heart of darkness that’s rarely been achieved in cinema. A Drafthouse Films release.
Playlist writer Jessica Kiang caught "The Act Of Killing" at the Berlin International Film Festival this year and gave it a rare A+ grade in her review, describing the film as "Presenting a terrifying view of a hidden holocaust and a moral apocalypse in which the most basic humanities have become twisted beyond recognition, “The Act of Killing” is a towering achievement in filmmaking, documentary or otherwise."
When/Where: March 24th at 2PM - Film Society of Lincoln Center
A HIJACKING (Kapringen) (2012) 99min
Director: Tobias Lindholm
On its way to harbor, cargo ship MV Rozen is seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean. Moving between claustrophobic life on the ship and negotiations by the freight company in Denmark, Lindholm creates a climate of unbearable tension with an unexpected climax. The narrative is based on a true event, and his use of actual locations and people who have been in similar situations create palpable authenticity. Augmented by a terrific cast, Lindholm explores the danger of the disparity between impoverished nations and the developed world. A Magnolia Films release.
After catching the film at the Venice International Film Festival last year, Oliver Lyttelton gave the film an A grade in his review, calling it "one of the very best pictures of the whole festival...an absorbing, highly moving film that’s lingered heavily on the mind for a couple of days now."
When/Where: March 22nd at 6:15PM - Film Society of Lincoln Center
STORIES WE TELL (2012) 108min
Director: Sarah Polley
What is real? What is true? What do we remember, and how do we remember it? Actor/director Sarah Polley turns from fiction to nonfiction, in the process cracking open family secrets. Using home movies, still photographs, and interviews, Polley delves into the life of her mother, a creative yet secretive woman. But while she is talking to her own relatives, Polley's interest lies in the bigger picture of what families hold onto as truth. STORIES WE TELL is a delicately crafted personal essay about memory, loss, and understanding. A Roadside Attractions release.
Oliver Lyttelton also saw Polley's film in Venice and gave it an A- in his review, describing "Stories We Tell" as "a film that tickles both the brain and the heart, and by some distance Polley’s most consistent, and best, work as a director to date."
When/Where: March 29th at 6:15PM - MoMA
UPSTREAM COLOR (2012) 96min
Director: Shane Carruth
Ever since his 2004 debut, filmmaker Shane Carruth has prompted curiosity over what he’d come up with next. UPSTREAM COLOR meets expectations but is also starkly different and markedly advanced. It represents something new in American cinema, exploring life’s surprising jumps and science’s strange effects. A love story embedded in a kidnap plot, UPSTREAM COLOR leaps with great audacity through its sequences, a cinematic simulacrum of the way we reflect on our lives, astonished at, as in the title of Grace Paley’s fiction collection, our Enormous Changes at the Last Minute. UPSTREAM COLOR opens in NY on April 5.
Rodrigo Perez saw Carruth's film at Sundance and gave it an A in his review, calling it "thematically rich, layered and hypnotic...a maddeningly abstract and romantic examination of love, who we are as lovers, what our love does to one another, and how that's connected to the nature of all things."
When/Where: March 30th at 6:15PM - MoMA
So, how do you enter?
1. Follow us on Twitter and "like" us on Facebook.
2. Share one of the stories we posted on our Facebook page today, and RT one of our stories on Twitter.
3. Tweet the following: "@theplaylist I want to win the #ND/NFPrize!"
4. Email us with your name, address and Twitter handle, and let us know your first, second and third choices for the screenings you'd like to attend.
5. In your email, answer the following trivia question: After "Primer" in 2004, Shane Carruth tried to mount another picture before "Upstream Color," but the project never came to pass. What's the name of this unproduced film?
We'll be announcing our winners on Facebook and Twitter, so keep an eye out. Good luck!
Update: Contest is closed and winners have been announced. Thanks for playing!