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by Bryce J. Renninger
July 12, 2013 11:39 AM
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Watch: Werner Herzog and Errol Morris Talk About One of the Most Chilling Films Ever Made, 'The Act of Killing'

The recreation of a murder in "The Act of Killing"

When Joshua Oppenheimer brought his ambitious and incredibly chilling documentary "The Act of Killing" to Toronto and Telluride last year, he came to those fests with Errol Morris and Werner Herzog signed on as Executive Producers.  That piqued a lot of interest, but what really got people talking was the unbelievable story of Indonesian gangsters, charged with killing off dissidents in the mid 1960's, who worked with Oppenheimer to recreate their life's work for the camera.

It's an incredibly probing, deeply affecting examination of what it's like to be a part of and look back on a genocide, and as the names of its Executive Producers may imply, it's unlike any film before it. 

In a video produced by Vice, Herzog and Morris explain what led them to attach their name to the project and what makes "The Act of Killing" so impressive.  It's not everyday Herzog and Morris talk for twelve minutes about a film...so listen up!

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  • Arch | July 12, 2013 12:06 PMReply

    I admit it does look interesting... but on the other hand I can't help thinking it reminds me of Rithy Panh's work a lot.
    Of course with the notable difference that Panh uses void, absence and "lack of...". For example his actors (those "acting") barely used props in S21. Which by the way makes S21 kind of surreal indeed (more than real).