Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Mon, Feb 10, 2014
7:30pm

OSCAR SEASON AT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE 2014
Director Joshua Oppenheimer In Person!
THE ACT OF KILLING
Discussion following with director Joshua Oppenheimer and producer Signe Byrge Sørensen.
THE ACT OF KILLING
2012, Drafthouse Films, 115 min, Dir: Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, Anonymous

There are an unusual number of “anonymous” credits in this striking new documentary, and for good reason – made in Indonesia, the film profiles death-squad leaders who are hailed as heroes decades after an anti-communist purge raged through the country and cost more than a million people their lives. As the killers re-enact their crimes for the cameras, channeling gangster poses of movies past, what emerges is a surreal portrait of impunity in a land resigned to corruption and denial.

“It's a mind-bending film, devastating and disorienting, that disturbs us in ways we're not used to being disturbed, raising questions about the nature of documentary, the persistence of evil, and the intertwined ways movies function in our culture and in our minds.”
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade… unprecedented in the history of cinema.”
– Werner Herzog

“Like all great documentaries, The Act of Killing demands another way of looking at reality. It starts as a dreamscape, an attempt to allow the perpetrators to reenact what they did, and then something truly amazing happens. The dream dissolves into nightmare and then into bitter reality. An amazing and impressive film.”
– Errol Morris

“If we are to transform Indonesia into the democracy it claims to be, citizens must recognize the terror and repression on which our contemporary history has been built. No film, or any other work of art for that matter, has done this more effectively than The Act of Killing. [It] is essential viewing for us all.”
– National Human Rights Commission of Indonesia

“An absolute and unique masterpiece.”
– Dusan Makavejev

“Every now and then a non-­‐fiction film comes along that is unlike anything else I have seen: Buñuel’s LAND WITHOUT BREAD, Werner Herzog’s FATA MORGANA, Hara’s THE EMPEROR’S NAKED ARMY MARCHES ON. Well, it’s happened again. Here, Joshua Oppenheimer invites unrepentant Indonesian death-­‐squad leaders to make fiction films reenacting their violent histories. Their cinematic dreams dissolve into nightmares and then into bitter reality. Like all great documentary, THE ACT OF KILLING demands another way of looking at reality. It is like a hall of mirrors––the so-­‐called mise-­‐en-­‐abyme––where real people become characters in a movie and then jump back into reality again. And it asks the central question: what is real? Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in a Paris Review interview, wrote about reading Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” for he first time, “I didn’t know you were allowed to do that.” I have the same feeling with this extraordinary film.”
– Errol Morris

“THE ACT OF KILLING invents a new form of cinematic surrealism.”
– Werner Herzog


Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Mon, Feb 10, 2014 • 7:30pm

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