Must Watch: Official US Trailer for 'The Act of Killing' Documentary
See this documentary. It is phenomenal. I first saw Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing at the New Directors/New Films fest at the Film Society of Lincoln Center earlier this year and was completely blown away. It's such a riveting, unbelievably real, challenging, but powerful documentary that, as is quoted in the official synopsis, "could well change how you view the documentary form." The movie challenges former Indonesian death squad leaders to reenact their real-life mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. The result, and story that unfolds as Oppenheimer captures these murderers on film, is truly remarkable. See the official trailer below.
Watch the official US trailer for Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, in high def from Apple:
In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by documentarians Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, 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. After premiering at the Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals last year, Drafthouse Films acquired the doc and will be releasing Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing in limited theaters starting July 19th this summer. Highly recommended, it's incredible.