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Venice Review: 'The Act Of Killing' Director Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘The Look of Silence’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 27, 2014 6:37 PM
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The Look of Silence
A stretch of placid water in rural Indonesia known as Snake River has borne witness to many unspeakable acts of killing. One such brutal butchering was of a young man called Ramli, caught on the wrong side of the country’s 1965 "communist purges" and messily executed, his remains thrown, along with those of countless others, into the water. “No one would buy fish,” chuckles one of the perpetrators —because everyone around knew the fish were feeding on human remains. If Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing” was a full-throated scream, his follow-up “The Look of Silence” is an ululating lament, a drawn-out wail of grief that sounds almost like a song, albeit a harrowing one.

Watch: First Clip From Joshua Oppenheimer’s Venice-Premiering Doc ‘The Look of Silence’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 27, 2014 2:03 PM
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The Look of Silence
Here’s three things that you need to know about director Joshua Oppenheimer, an American filmmaker who’s based in Copenhagen, Denmark: 1.) He directed the widely beloved “The Act of Killing,” a documentary routinely found on many year-end best-of lists in 2013. 2.) Documentary luminaries like Werner Herzog and Errol Morris have vigorously endorsed his work, and 3.) Indonesia is his area of expertise. His latest doc “The Look of Silence" —a quasi-sequel to 'Killing'— premieres today at the Venice Film Festival. Executive produced by Herzog and Morris, the movie is a chronicle regarding the Indonesian genocide of 1965–66.

NYFF Doc Line Up Includes Films From Martin Scorsese, Frederick Wiseman, Albert Maysles & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 5:02 PM
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Martin Scorsese
The fall festival lineup keeps growing and growing. This morning TIFF beefed up their slate, and now the New York Film Festival is highlighting the titles in their documentary section. And they've got a lot of familiar faces.

Watch: Oscar Nominee Joshua Oppenheimer Discusses 'The Act Of Killing' In 50-Minute Talk

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2014 6:05 PM
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While the field is a tight bunch of worthy contenders, it's arguable that few of the Best Documentary nominees this year boast the level of critical acclaim that has greeted "The Act Of Killing." The BAFTA for Best Documentary, and the Berlin Film Festival Panorama Audience Award are among a slew of honors the film, produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, and directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, has received. If you've watched the film, you know there's a lot to discuss, so why not spend nearly an hour with the filmmaker about how it put it all together?

Best Of 2013: The Breakout Directors Of The Year

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 27, 2013 5:20 PM
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Best of 2013: The Breakout Directors Of The Year
Every year, film buffs get themselves in a lather over the latest from their favorite experienced directors. The calendar is marked for the next Spielberg, I’ll be there opening day for Scorsese’s latest, I am all about Spike Lee, etc. But the real pleasure in being a film fan is stumbling upon the undiscovered, lifting a rock and uncovering a new talent, a new voice, with a brand new vocabulary for us to learn. The Scorsese films will be there for us to discover and rediscover whenever we want. In 2013, however, there was only one Shaka King picture, there was only one Lake Bell joint.

Contest: Win 'Act Of Killing' Poster Signed By Executive Producer Werner Herzog & Director Joshua Oppenheimer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 3:03 PM
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A film that first astounded and terrified us when we saw it at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, and has shaken nearly every team member at The Playlist who's caught up with it since, Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary "The Act Of Killing" is one of the most unforgettable cinematic experiences you'll have this year. And with the movie expanding this past weekend to even more cities, we have a special prize for those equally taken with the film or anyone who is a die hard Herzog fan.

Berlin Review: Joshua Oppenheimer’s 'The Act Of Killing' Is A Constantly Astounding, Terrifying Masterpiece

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 8, 2013 12:44 PM
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Holy fucking shit. All apologies for incoherence in the following review but having just emerged from Joshua Oppenheimer’s shattering documentary “The Act of Killing,” which screened here in Berlin this morning, I am still shaking. I may not be in the best state to write about it, in fact, but there’s no way I can think about anything else, so I’m going to try. “The Act of Killing” is truly one of the most intensely unsettling, frightening, riveting films I've seen, maybe ever.

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