Werner Herzog and Errol Morris talk about “The Act of Killing”


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Written by Documentary.net staff
Published on July 18, 2013

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To get more insight on Joshua Oppenheimer's frightening and otherworldly documentary "The Act of Killing," we spoke to executive producers Werner Herzog and Errol Morris about the making of the [...]


To get more insight on Joshua Oppenheimer’s frightening and otherworldly documentary “The Act of Killing,” we spoke to executive producers Werner Herzog and Errol Morris about the making of the film and how important it could be for the future of documentary cinema.

The Act of Killing

In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), 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. Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and winning an Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, The Act of Killing is an unprecedented film that, according to The Los Angeles Times, “could well change how you view the documentary form.”

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