THE LOOK OF SILENCE
di Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark/Norway/Great Britain/Indonesia/Finland, 2014, 98’
When the Indonesian government was overthrown in 1965, small-time gangster Anwar Congo and his friends went from selling movie tickets on the black market to leading death squads in the mass murder of over a million opponents of the new military dictatorship and has been celebrated by the government as a national hero. When approached to make a film about their role in the genocide, Anwar and his friends eagerly comply—but their idea of being in a movie is not to provide reflective testimony. Instead, they re-create their real-life killings as they dance their way through musical sequences, and gallop across prairies as Western cowboys. Through this filmmaking process, the moral reality of the act of killing begins to haunt Anwar and his friends with varying degrees of acknowledgment, justification and denial.
April, Friday 17. h 10.00/21.00
Cinema PostModernissimo (via del Carmine, Perugia)
Joshua Oppenheimer is an American film director based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
His first film, The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1997), won a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival (1998). From 2004 to 2012, he realized a series of films in Indonesia. His debut feature film, The Act of Killing (2012), premiered at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival. Since then it has won many prizes worldwide, including the European Film Award for Best Documentary, a Panorama Audience Award, and a Prize of the Ecumenical Jury from the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The film also received the Robert Award by the Film Academy of Denmark, a Bodil Award by Denmark’s National Association of Film Critics, and the Aung San Suu Kyi Award at Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival 2013. The Act of Killing won the BAFTA for Best Documentary, European Film Award for Best Documentary, Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Documentary, and was nominated for an Oscar, the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.
Oppenheimer’s latest film, The Look of Silence (2014), is a companion piece to The Act of Killing. It screened in competition at the 71st Venice International Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize, the International Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI), the Italian online critics award (Mouse d’Oro) and the European Film Critics Award (FEDEORA) for the Best Film of Venezia 71.
Oppenheimer holds a Bachelor of Arts in filmmaking from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. He is currently a Reader in documentary film at the University of Westminster.
Joshua Oppenheimer will speak at the following events:
21:15 – 23:15 saturday 18 Cinema Postmodernissimo
The look of silence by Joshua Oppenheimer.