Denmark / Norway / UK, 2012, 159'
The Act of Killing
Hate is Bad for your Health
Described by his authors as a "documentary of the imagination", The Act of Killing explores this untouched chapter from Indonesia’s history by inviting a group of former "communist-killers" to re-enact their infamous acts for the camera, in the style of the films that allegedly inspired or catalyzed them. A surreal, emotionally exhausting examination of human atrocity and accountability, the film follows one individual’s therapeutic journey from exposing, through performance, the darkest corners of his soul towards understanding the full horror of his acts. The film also invites us to reflect on the implications of the collective choice to ‘forget’ whole chunks of the historical past. The listing of a whole set of contributors to the film as a generic ‘Anonymous’ points to the risks taken by those willing to speak openly about that murderous, still unsettled past.
13 March, 20:00, Cinemateca Eforie
16 March, 17:00, Studioul Horia Bernea
ZagrebDox Movies That Matter Award, Croatia, 2013
Ecumenical Prize, Berlin International Film Festival, Germany, 2013
Audience Award for Best Documentary, Berlin International Film Festival, Germany, 2013
Critics Prize for Best Feature Film, Istanbul Independent Film Festival, Turkey, 2013
FICUNAM Audience Award for Best Feature Film, Mexico, 2013
Dox Award, CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012
Telluride Film Festival, USA, 2012
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, 2012