|Producer:||Signe Byrge Sørensen – Final Cut for Real (Denmark)|
|Executive Producers:||Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, André Singer|
|Associate Producers:||Anne Köhncke, Maria Kristensen, Heidi Elise Christensen, Joram Ten Brink|
|Co-Producers:||Anonymous (Indonesia), Torstein Grude & Bjarte Mørner Tveit – Piraya Film (Norway), Kaarle Aho – Making Movies (Finland)|
|In Association with:||Spring Films (UK)|
|Director of Photography:||Lars Skree|
|Editor:||Niels Pagh Andersen|
|Developed with support of:||The Danish Film Institute (DFI) Danida|
|Produced with support of:||Danish Film Institute – Film Commissioner Helle Hansen,
Nordisk Film & TV Fond – Film consultant Karolina Lidin, Danida Bertha,
The Finnish Film Foundation – Film Commissioner Elina Kivihalme,
The Freedom of Expression Foundation,
Documentary Film Program Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media,
University of Westminster Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK,
|Produced in collaboration with:||ZDF|
|In collaboration with:||ARTE – Sabine Bubeck-Paaz, DR K – Flemming Hedegaard Larsen, NRK – Tore Tomter, YLE – Iikka Vehkalahti, VPRO – Nathalie Windhorst, Vision Machine Film Project|
|Country:||Denmark, Indonesia, Norway, Finland, UK|
|Links:||– TheLookOfSilence.com – Facebook – Twitter – DFI|
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- Venice Film Festival 2014: Grand Jury Prize Winner
- Venice Film Festival 2014: The Int'l Film Critics Prize (FIPRESCI)
- Venice Film Festival 2014: European Critics Prize (FEDEORA)
- Venice Film Festival 2014: Online Critics Prize (Golden Mouse)
- Venice Film Festival 2014: Human Rights Nights Prize
- Click here for Visual impressions from the Venice Film Festival
- Busan International Film Festival 2014 (Wide Angle) (4 October) - Best World Documentary (Cinephile Prize)
- CPH:DOX 2014: DOX:AWARD Main Competition Grand Prize Winner
- Starz Denver Film Festival 2014 (14 November) - Best Documentary
- Prize of the Danish Arts Council - 2014
- Tromsø International Film Festival 2015 - Don Quixote Prize
- Gothenburg Film Festival 2015 (27 January) - Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary
- True/False Film Festival 2015 - True Life Fund Recipient
- Danish Film Academy Robert Prize Award for Best Long Documentary
- Berlinale 2015: Peace Film Prize winner
- 2015 Danish Film Critics’ Award (Bodil Prize) for Best Documentary
- SXSW 2015: Audience Award Winner, Best Film, Festival Favorites
- Festival d'Angers 2015 (18 January) - Audience Award - Best Film
- Festival de Cinéma Valenciennes 2015 - (1) Grand Prix du Jury, (2) Prix de la Critique, (3) Prix Étudiants
- Sofia International Film Festival 2015 - Best Documentary
- Prague One World Film Festival 2015 - Best Film
- Victoria Film Festival 2015 (Canada) - Best Documentary
- Movies That Matter (Amsterdam) 2015: VARA Audience Award
- DocumentaMadrid 2015 (6 May): Audience Award
- DocsBarcelona 2015 (29 and 30 May): (1) Audience Award, (2) the International Amnesty Catalunya Award for DocsBarcelona, (3) Jury Special Mention for Best Documentary
- Nordic / Docs Film Festival (Fredrikstad, Norway) 2015 (28 May): Special Jury Award
- Vilnius International Film Festival 2015: Best Director (Baltic Gaze)
- MakeDox International Film Festival 2015: Best Film
- Docs Against Gravity (Warsaw) 2015: Amnesty International Award
- Subversive Film Festival 2015: Wild Dreamer Award - Career Achievement Award for both The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence
- River Run Film Festival 2015: Best Director (Documentary)
- Uruguay IFF 2015: Best Film - Cine de Derechos Humanos
- Calgary Underground FF 2015: Best Documentary
- Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015: Audience Award
- Burma Human Rights DFF 2015: Aung San Suu Kyi Award
- Nordisk Panorama 2015: Audience Award
- IDA DOCUMENTARY AWARD 2015
- Telluride Film Festival 2014
- Toronto Film Festival 2014
- Helsinki Film Festival 2014
- New York Film Festival 2014
- IDFA 2014
- The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival 2015 (23 April)
- San Francisco IFF 2015 (24 April)
- FIFDH 2015
- International Film Festival Panama 2015
Born in 1974, USA, Joshua Oppenheimer is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he is a partner at the production company Final Cut for Real. Oppenheimer has worked for over a decade with militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination. Educated at Harvard and Central Saint Martins, his debut feature-length film is The Act of Killing (2012). His earlier works include The Globalisation Tapes (2003, produced with Christine Cynn), The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1998), These Places We've Learned to Call Home (1996), and other shorts. Oppenheimer is artistic director of the International Centre for Documentary and Experimental Film, University of Westminster.
- The Act of Killing (159 min, 117 min, 95 min - winner of 72 international awards, including the European Film Award 2013, BAFTA 2014, Asia Pacific Screen Award 2013, Berlinale Panorama Audience Award 2013, Guardian Film Award 2014 for Best Film; nominated for the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Documentary; released theatrically in 30 countries; screened in countless film festivals, including the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, and Berlin International Film Festival.
- The Globalisation Tapes (documentary, produced with Christine Cynn, 2003)
- The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (50 min, 1997; Gold Hugo, Chicago, 1998; Telluride Film Festival, 1997)
- These Places We Learned to Call Home (short, 1997; Gold Spire, San Francisco, 1997)
"The Look of Silence is profound, visionary, and stunning."
"One of the greatest and most powerful documentaries ever made. A profound comment on the human condition."
★★★★★ "...this film is just as piercingly and authentically horrifying as before. It is filmed with exactly the same superb visual sense, the same passionate love of the Indonesian landscape, and dialogue exchanges are captured with the same chilling crispness."
Peter Bradshaw in Venice, The Guardian
★★★★★ "A superior work of confrontational boldness... Essential"
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out, New York
"So involving is the raw content of The Look of Silence that some might view its formal elegance as mere luxury, yet the film reveals Oppenheimer to be a documentary stylist of evolving grace and sophistication."
Guy Lodge, Variety
"Every bit as frank and shocking as last year's The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer's ground-breaking documentary about the men behind the brutal murder of some one million Indonesians in the mid-Sixties in the name of a Communist purge, The Look of Silence is perhaps even more riveting for focusing on one man’s personal search for answers as he bravely confronts his brother's killers."
Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
"...A gripping but also often tense and uncomfortable viewing experience..."
Lee Marshall, Screen International
"Joshua Oppenheimer, the director of the award-winning documentary 'The Act of Killing,' about the 1965-66 anti-communist purge in Indonesia, has struck again with his follow-up film 'The Look of Silence,' which last week won the Grand Jury Prize at the prestigious Venice International Film Festival... For the survivors, just the recognition that they were never villains is enough."
Front-page article, Adelia Anjani Putri, Jakarta Globe
"Many people in Indonesia still wish the tragedy will be erased with time. But movies, books and whatever form of warning will always be there because the death of a million people in a mass killing is way too much to sweep under the carpet."
Editorial, Jakarta Globe
★★★★★ "Oppenheimer and his anonymous collaborators are to be roundly applauded for bringing this appalling moment in history to light."
John Bleasdale, Cine Vue
"A portrait in courage and moral integrity, and pretty brilliant filmmaking"
Tom Christie, Indiewire - Thompson on Hollywood
Scott Tobias: "The film shows unfathomable courage in the face of unfathomable evil"
Noel Murray: "A riveting, poetic film"
The Dissolve’s critics pick the best and worst of TIFF ’14
CIAK Film Magazine daily n.2: The Look of Silence (28.8.2014)
★★★★★ "The follow-up to last year's The Act of Killing is as disturbing as it is mesmerizing, and replaces the weirdness and humor of the first film with emotional turmoil of a victim's family"
Lesley Coffin in Cinema Reviews, Filmoria
"'The Look of Silence': The film making Indonesia face its brutal history... It shows just how far Indonesia has to go before it can be called a genuine democracy with rule of law."
Dean Irvine, CNN
Look of Silence wins top prize at CPH:DOX (screening over 200 films). Jury included David Wilson, Laurence Reymond, Kidlat Thaimik, Lilibeth Cuenca and Nelly Ben Hayoun
Wendy Mitchell, Screen Daily
★★★★★ "The photography this time qualifies The Look Of Silence as a truly cinematic experience, one in which its raw emotional power is matched by its beauty."
Mark Walker, CPH Post.dk
The Look of Silence awarded by the Danish Arts Foundation: "The Scholarship Committee for Film awards Joshua Oppenheimer for his film 'The Look of Silence' for the film's artistic precision and filmmakers' great courage in the depiction of mass murderers and their victims. The film is a proof that the artistic experimental documentaries in the right hands can shed light into the darkest chapters of our history and give us the ability to read human emotions in all their diversity behind the bare historical facts."
The 2015 Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary has been awarded to Joshua Oppenheimer for The Look of Silence.
The jury’s motivation: "The award goes to a film which breaks the barriers between documentary and fiction, by opening up space for a performance of history. Using the camera to confront memories, and inspire reconciliation, this film's look at the tragic past shapes a nation's view of the future. The Dragon Award Best Nordic documentary goes to The look of silence by Joshua Oppenheimer."
Press reviews following the screening at SXSW 2015:
Everything comes together in the final confrontation of the film, in which Adi visits the family of one of Ramli’s murderers, including his widow and sons. Oppenheimer is mentioned or addressed at several earlier points of the film, but this time he’s directly invoked, and there’s no forgetting his presence. With so many people in the room (and possibly one less camera than he’d had for other scenes), the camera moves a bit haphazardly from one face of denial to another, from an alternately forgetful and apologetic old woman to a young man impatiently asserting that it’s best, and safest, to “leave the past in the past.” We’ve seen Adi threatened before, both subtly and bluntly, but never by a contemporary, by someone not directly responsible for the atrocities, who’s also lived under the long shadow of the genocide, albeit from an opposing side. But there’s a charge in the room that the camera captures, and it’s terrifying. “I don’t want to see this,” says one of the sons, when confronted with Oppenheimer’s footage of his father boasting of his blood-curdling actions. Do we? Do we want to be in this room with Joshua and Adi, do we want to be this camera in the center of it all? Have we wanted to see any of this? The camera then catches Adi’s face, and holds there. He looks directly into the camera. He sees us. Maybe he sees us wanting to look away. But he also sees himself being seen. He’s silent. And he’s looking. And nothing in that moment is okay, nothing is relieving any of the pain or the history or the horror or the unshakable, incurable stink of humanity having turned against humanity. But we’re seeing it for what it is. We’re witnessing each other. And for that moment at least, we’re together.
Eric Hynes, Reverse Shot
‘The Look Of Silence’: A Genocide Forces America to Examine Its Damaged Soul In the wake of yet another mass killing in the U.S., there are many lessons to be learned by watching Joshua Oppenheimer’s brilliant documentary ‘The Look of Silence.’
Teo Bugbee, The Daily Beast
"Why 'The Look of Silence' is the Year's Most Important Oscar Nominee"
Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"Why Adi Rukun Risked His Life To Make 'The Look of Silence'"
Chris O'Falt, Indiewire