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The film is a companion piece to Oppenheimer’s 2014 Academy Award-nominated documentary The Act of Killing and explores the Indonesian genocide and its legacy from the victim’s point of view, following one man on his search for the truth as he confronts his brother’s killers.
Errol Morris (The Fog of War), Werner Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World) and Andre Singer (Little Dieter Needs to Fly) executive produced Look of Silence, while Signe Byrge Sorensen produced.
Look of Silence will make its world premiere at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, followed by bows at the Toronto and New York film festivals. Drafthouse and Participant are planning a theatrical release in summer 2015.
“When I watched The Act of Killing, I thought I might not ever see another documentary quite as powerful,” Alamo Drafthouse and Drafthouse Films founder Tim League said. “Joshua Oppenheimer’s stunning new film, The Look of Silence, is resounding proof that I was wrong.”
Herzog and Morris decided to support the film after viewing a rough cut. Morris called the film, “One of the greatest and most powerful documentaries ever made. A profound comment on the human condition.” Herzog dubbed it “profound, visionary and stunning.”
The deal was negotiated by Cinephil’s Philippa Kowarsky on behalf of Sorensen and Final Cut for Real, James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Jeff Ivers for Participant.
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