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    “Jeg har ikke set en film så stærk, surrealistisk og skræmmende i mindst et årti… Dens lige er ikke set tidligere i filmhistorien.”

    – Werner Herzog

    “Som alle store dokumentarfilm så kræver The Act of Killing et anderledes syn på virkeligheden. Det begynder som et drømmescenarie; et forsøg på at give gerningsmændene mulighed for at rekonstruere det, de har gjort. Men så sker noget fuldstændig fantastisk. Drømmen opløses til et mareridt og bliver til sidst bitter virkelighed. En utrolig og imponerende film.”
    – Errol Morris

    “Hvis vi skal omdanne Indonesien til det demokrati, som det påstår at være, må befolkningen se den terror og undertrykkelse i øjnene, som vores nutidig historie er bygget på. Ingen film eller kunstart har udtrykt det mere effektivt end The Act of Killing. [Den] skal ses af os alle.”
    ‐ Kommissionen for menneskerettigheder i Indonesien

    “Et absolut og unikt mesterværk.”
    ‐ Dusan Makavejev

    “The Act of Killing er den stærkeste og politisk set den vigtigste film om Indonesien, jeg nogensinde har set. Premieren af denne film markerer i sig selv et historisk øjeblik, der nærmest er uden sidestykke. Filmen vidner om den blodige ødelæggelse af nationens fundament, der er udført af indonesernes egen hænder. På toppen af et bjerg af lig, rullede vores landsmænd den røde løber ud, som gangster-kapitalisme og politisk islam kunne vokse på. Ved at dokumentere dette, blotlægger The Act of Killing hykleriet i hjertet af landets opfattelse af ”patriotisme” og ”retfærdighed”. Filmen opnår alt dette takket være instruktørens geniale og dristige valg af den filmskabende metode.”
    ‐ Ariel Heryanto, historiker og kulturel anmelder, Tempo Magazine (Indonesiens førende nyhedsmagasin)

    “En sjældent gang i mellem dukker en dokumentarfilm op, som ikke ligner noget, jeg ellers har set: Bunuels ’Land Without Bread’, ’Fata Morgana’ af Werner Herzogs og ’The Emperor’s naked army marches on’ af Hara. Og nu er det sket igen. Joshua Oppenheimer inviterer indonesiske dødspatruljeledere uden anger til at genspille deres egen voldelige historie. Deres filmiske drømme opløses til et mareridt og bliver til sidst til bitter virkelighed. Som alle store dokumentarfilm kræver The Act of Killing, at man kigger på virkeligheden med nye øjne. Det er ligesom at stå i en spejlsal – en såkaldt mise en abyme, hvor mennesker bliver til karakterer i en film, for derefter at springe tilbage i virkeligheden igen. Og man stilles det centrale spørgsmål: hvad er virkeligt? Gabriel Garcia Marquez skrev i et interview i Paris Review om at læse Kafkas Metamorphosis for første gang: ”jeg vidste ikke, at det var tilladt at gøre den slags.” Jeg har det på samme måde med denne ekstraordinære film.”
    ‐ Errol Morris

    “The Act of Killing har opfundet en ny form for filmisk surrealisme.”
    ‐ Werner Herzog



  • PRESSEN SKRIVER

    Dorte Hygum Sørensen giver The Act of Killing 6 hjerter i Politiken.
    læs anmeldelsen.

    Smagsdommerne, DR2 kalder i stort set samlet flok filmen for “et mesterværk”.
    Se programmet.

    Nanna Frank Rasmussen, JP – 6 stjerner.(kun i trykt udgave indtil videre)

    Henrik Østergaard, Filmmagasinet Ekko – 5 stjerner.
    læs anmeldelsen.

    Jeppe Mørch, Filmcitat.dk – 6 stjerner.
    læs anmeldelsen.

    Nikolaj Sonqvist, Cinemaonline.dk 6 stjerner.
    læs anmeldelsen.

    Instruktør Joshua Oppenheimer var gæst i Deadline på DR2 fredag d. 12. oktober.
    Se hele indslaget (ca. 21:20 minutter inde i programmet).

    Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen var i Radioavisen 8. oktober.
    Hør programmet.

    Information 5. oktober: “Dansk film ripper op i blodigt indonesisk sår”
    Læs artiklen.

    Filmmagasinet Ekko 26. september: “Bøddeldokumentar møder modstand”
    Læs artiklen.

    “The best, and most horrific, film of this year’s Toronto film festival…every frame is astonishing.”
    - The Guardian
    Læs hele den 5-stjernede anmeldelse

    “Werner Herzog said, ‘I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal and frightening in at least a decade.’ I can’t imagine what Herzog could have seen over a decade ago that would trump it.”
    “We wonder if films can change the world. This one is at least bound to have a devastating impact.”
    - Maclean’s Magazine
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    Tom Charity of CNN calls The Act of Killing “a radical development in the documentary form and as an explosive journalistic expose. It’s also a deeply disturbing emotional experience, a movie that some audiences will find upsetting or hard to stomach, even if it is also poetic, funny, profoundly strange and moving.”
    Læs hele artiklen”

    In her Toronto wrap for Fandor.com, B Ruby Rich calls THE ACT OF KILLING “shocking, transporting, unprecedented…the ultimate discovery of the festival”.
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    Canada’s Macleans magazine calls “shattering” Act of Killing the best film of Toronto International Film Festival
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    “Really, you need to see this movie. You just do. It’s one of the most compelling, riveting docs I’ve ever seen; I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and I’ll bet you haven’t either.”
    - Movie City News
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    “A surreal, chilling and unprecedented examination of atrocity and accountability, it’s difficult to think of another documentary—or piece of media—that so thoroughly captures a mass murderer’s conscience—as well as charting its evolution.”
    - Screen Daily
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    “Easily the boldest documentary at Telluride this year—maybe one of the boldest ever seen anywhere—is the Morris-produced ‘The Act of Killing’.”
    “A banality-of-evil portrait that culminates in an unforgettable realization of culpability and conscience among the otherwise remorseless killers.”
    “The ‘final act of “Killing,” in which one of the gangsters plays one of his own victims on film and is seemingly shattered by the experience, is as vivid an ending as anything you’ll see in fiction or non-fiction this year.”
    - The Wrap
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    “The result is an emotionally exhausting, perverse examination of guilt and regret that ends with a powerfully visceral moment of vulnerability that will leave audiences speechless. ‘The Act of Killing’ is a truly great film. 5/5″
    - The Documentary Blog
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    The Wrap’s Steve Pond lists The Act of Killing as favorite film of the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.
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    Indonesian review of The Act of Killing in Jurnal Footage
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    “The study of the 1965-1966 killings in Indonesia, and for that matter the study of the country’s politics more generally, will never be the same again with the recent release of the documentary film The Act of Killing.”
    - Ariel Heryanto in the IIAS Newsletter (International Institute for Asian Studies in the Netherlands)
    Læs hele artiklen

    “The most unsettling movie about mass killing since ‘Shoah’”
    - Indiewire
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    “A documentary like no other I’ve seen… Hypnotic.”
    - Collider.com
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    “The Act of Killing is a minor miracle.”
    - Badass Digest
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    “The Act of Killing” is uncomfortable, disquieting and riveting; as the final credits rolled, with “anonymous” standing in for the names for the Indonesians who would surely be killed if their names were made public, you recognize that while the film is over, Indonesia’s nightmare is not, and won’t be and will never be as long as a government and a people make killers into movie-style heroes.”
    - MSN.com
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    “Bizarre, hypnotic, audacious, The Act of Killing is also one of the queasiest and most distressing films to play TIFF in the last 15 years.”
    - The Globe and Mail
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    The Act of Killing is “surreal, disturbing, timeless… Could well change how you view the documentary form…”
    - LA Times
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    Criticwire made a survey among film critics at Toronto International Film Festival: Tom Charity (CNN.com), Steve Dollar (The Wall Street Journal), Jordan Hoffman (ScreenCrush.com), Adam Nayman (The Grid), Jordan Smith (IONCINEMA.com) and Kim Voynar (Movie City News) name The Act of Killing the best documentary at TIFF 2012 (and several other critics call it the second best).
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    Jay Kuehner calls The Act of Killing “mind-bending, hyper-reflexive documentary” on Fandor.com
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    “Unforgettable, unmissable, horribly brilliant.”
    - The Guardian
    Se video-reportagen

    Indiewire: “Joshua Oppenheimer On This Year’s Most Disturbing Doc and Working with the Heads of Indonesian Death Squads to Re-Enact Mass Murders”"

    The Documentary Channel: “The Act of Killing is Suddenly My Most Anticipated Documentary of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival”

    Indiewire: “Joshua Oppenheimers Documentary ‘The Act of Killing’ Premieres at Telluride, Screens at Toronto”

    The Hollywood Reporter: “Telluride 2012: Errol Morris, Ken Burns Welcome the Next Great Documentarians”