By Jason McDonald | The Playlist May 24, 2013 at 3:05PM
Hailed as an incredible piece of documentary work, Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing” -- after hitting festivals in the past year including Telluride, Toronto, Berlin, Sydney and more -- is on its way to theaters and a brand new trailer has arrived.
Presented by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog (no slouches in the field themselves), this imaginative documentary explores the celebrity status of death squad leaders in Indonesia. The film studies the men behind countless killings by presenting them with the task of recreating their killings in the style of the American movies they love so much. It's chilling and powerful stuff, and our own Jessica Kiang saw the film earlier this year and hailed it as "a towering achievement in filmmaking, documentary or otherwise." You can read her full review here -- quoted in the banner for the movie over at Apple -- and it really highlights why so many people have been taken by this powerful documentary.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think. “The Act of Killing” is due out in theaters on July 19th.