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SYNOPSIS

THE LOOK OF SILENCE IS JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER’S POWERFUL COMPANION PIECE TO THE OSCAR®-NOMINATED THE ACT OF KILLING.

Through Joshua Oppenheimer’s work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered and the identity of the men who killed him. The youngest brother is determined to break the spell of silence and fear under which the survivors live, and so confronts the men responsible for his brother's murder – something unimaginable in a country where killers remain in power.

One of the greatest and most powerful  documentaries ever made.

- ERROL MORRIS

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

The Act of Killing exposed the consequences for all of us when we build our everyday reality on terror and lies. The Look of Silence explores what it is like to be a survivor in such a reality. Making any film about survivors of genocide is to walk into a minefield of clichés, most of which serve to create a heroic (if not saintly) protagonist with whom we can identify, thereby offering the false reassurance that, in the moral catastrophe of atrocity, we are nothing like perpetrators. But presenting survivors as saintly in order to reassure ourselves that we are good is to use survivors to deceive ourselves. It is an insult to survivors’ experience, and does nothing to help us understand what it means to survive atrocity, what it means to live a life shattered by mass violence, and to be silenced by terror. To navigate this minefield of clichés, we have had to explore silence itself.

The result, The Look of Silence, is, I hope, a poem about a silence borne of terror – a poem about the necessity of breaking that silence, but also about the trauma that comes when silence is broken. Maybe the film is a monument to silence – a reminder that although we want to move on, look away and think of other things, nothing will make whole what has been broken. Nothing will wake the dead. We must stop, acknowledge the lives destroyed, strain to listen to the silence that follows.

- JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER

The Look of Silence is profound, visionary, and stunning.

WERNER HERZOG - 

FEATURED PRESS

CLIPS

IN CONVERSATION WITH THE DIRECTOR

FROM THE FILM

A masterpiece. It has a dignity beyond words.

- TIM ROTH

STILLS

THE FILMMAKERS

JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER

DIRECTOR

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1974, USA, Oscar®-nominated film director Joshua Oppenheimer is recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” (2015-2019). His debut feature film, The Act of Killing (2012, 159 min and 117 min), was named Film of the Year in the 2013 by the Guardian and the Sight and Sound Film Poll, and won 72 international awards, including the European Film Award 2013, BAFTA 2014, Asia Pacific Screen Award 2013, Berlinale Audience Award 2013, and Guardian Film Award 2014 for Best Film. It was nominated for the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Documentary, and has been released theatrically in 31 countries. His second film, The Look of Silence (2014, 99 min), premiered In Competition at the 71st Venice Film Festival, where it won five awards including the Grand Jury Prize, the international critics award (FIPRESCI Prize) and the European film critics award (FEDEORA Prize). Since then, The Look of Silence has received the Danish Academy Award for Best Documentary and the prestigious Danish Arts Council Award. It screened at the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival (Best World Documentary), the Copenhagen Documentary Festival (Grand Prize), Festival d’Angers (Audience Award for Best Film), and the Berlin Film Festival (Peace Film Prize). Oppenheimer is a partner at Final Cut for Real in Denmark, and Artistic Director of the Centre for Documentary and Experimental Film at the University of Westminster in London.

FILMOGRAPHY

The Act of Killing  – 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)


SIGNE BYRGE SØRENSEN

PRODUCER

Signe Byrge Sørensen is CEO and producer at Final Cut for Real, which she founded with Anne Köhncke in 2009. Signe Byrge Sørensen has a master degree in International Development Studies and Communication Studies, RUC, (1998). She did EURODOC in 2003 and EAVE in 2010. Signe has produced documentaries since 1998, first at SPOR Media (1998-2004), then at Final Cut Productions (2004-2008), and then she founded Final Cut for Real in 2009. Amongst the films Signe has produced are The Look of Silence (2014), by Joshua Oppenheimer, Last Dreams (2013), by Estephan Wagner, The Act of Killing (2012), by Joshua Oppenheimer (Cph Dox Award, BAFTA, Asia-Pacific Film Award, European Film Award and 2014 Oscar nomination plus ca. 60 other awards); The Human Scale, (2012), by Andreas Dalsgaard, The Kid and the Clown (2011), by Ida Grøn and Football is God (2010), by Ole Bendtzen. Signe has also produced and co-directed (with Janus Billeskov Jansen) Voices of the World (2005) and The Importance of Being Mlabri (2007), and in 2008 she post-produced the fiction feature Everlasting Moments by Jan Troell. Her most recent co-productions are: Night will Fall (2014), by André Singer, The Pirate Bay – Away from Keyboard, by Simon Klose (2012), Gulabi Gang, (2011), By Nishtha Jain and Char – No Man’s Island, by Sourav Sarangi, (2012). The Final Cut for Real films are produced in collaboration with Anne Köhncke and the other producers at Final Cut for Real. Signe has also given lectures at for example EAVE, ESODOC, and Nordic Forum, and was the Danish co-producer for the first Steps for the future project in Southern Africa. Signe received the Danish documentary award, the Roos Award in 2014.


ANONYMOUS

CO-DIRECTOR

Due to the nature of this film it has unfortunately been necessary to credit this remarkable collaborator as Anonymous.

ANDRÉ SINGER

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

André was Editor of Granada Television’s Disappearing World series during the 1980's. He ran the BBC Documentary Department’s Independent Unit in the 1990’s where he founded the award-winning documentary strand Fine Cut (now Storyville). As an independent producer, he established Café Productions and later West Park Pictures (now a DCD Media owned company).

André is a Documentary Campus board member, and President of the Royal Anthropological Institute's Film Committee. He has been responsible for several hundred hours of factual programs for the international TV market and producer or executive producer of fourteen films with Werner Herzog since Lessons of Darkness in 1992.

WERNER HERZOG

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Werner Herzog was born in Munich on September 5, 1942. He grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria and studied History and German Literature in Munich and Pittsburgh. He made his first film in 1961 at the age of 19. Since then he has produced, written, and directed more than sixty feature- and documentary films, such as Aguirre der Zorn Gottes (AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD, 1972), Nosferatu Phantom der Nacht (NOSFERATU, 1978), FITZCARRALDO (1982), Lektionen in Finsternis (LESSONS OF DARKNESS, 1992), LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY (1997), Mein liebster Feind (MY BEST FIEND, 1999), INVINCIBLE (2000), GRIZZLY MAN (2005), ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2007), Die Höhle der vergessenen Träume (CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, 2010). Werner Herzog has published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as many operas. Werner Herzog lives in Munich and Los Angeles.

ERROL MORRIS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Roger Ebert has said, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven't found another filmmaker who intrigues me more…Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.” 

Morris’ films have won many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, an Emmy, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival, the Golden Horse at the Taiwan International Film Festival and the Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America.  His documentaries have repeatedly appeared on many ten best lists and have been honored by the National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review.  His work has been the subject of a full retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1999. Roger Ebert, in fact, has placed Morris’ first feature Gates of Heaven on his list of the 10 Best Films of All Time.

In his latest film, The Unknown Known (April 4, 2014), Morris explores the long political history and the worldview of Donald Rumsfeld, as the two-time former secretary of defense himself describes it. Through dozens of hours of interview footage and thousands of Rumsfeld's memos (many of which have never before been released), Morris puts on display the dizzying, Carrollian illogic used by members of the Bush administration to justify war in Iraq.

Morris's latest book, A Wilderness of Error:  The Trial of Jeffrey MacDonald was released September, 2012 (Paperback: January, 2014).  A New York Times bestseller, the book examines the nature of evidence and proof in the notorious MacDonald murders.  His previous book, Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography, was also a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times notable book of 2011.

Morris has directed over 1000 television commercials, including campaigns for Apple, Citibank, Cisco Systems, Intel, American Express, Nike, Target, General Motors, Levis and Miller High Life.  Morris also directed short films for the 2002 and 2007 Academy Awards as well as for charitable and political organizations such as Stand Up to Cancer and Moveon.org.  In 2011 he directed They Were There, a film to commemorate IBM’s Centennial.  In 2000-2001, Morris directed two seasons of the television series, First Person

Morris has received five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2007, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a graduate student at Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley.

CREDITS

DIRECTED BY

Joshua Oppenheimer

CO-DIRECTOR

Anonymous

PRODUCED BY 

Signe Byrge Sørensen

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS 

Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, André Singer

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ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS 

Anne Köhncke, Maria Kristensen, Heidi Elise Christensen, Joram Ten Brink

CO-PRODUCERS

 Anonymous, Kaarle Aho, Torstein Grude, Bjarte Mørner Tveit

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY 

 Lars Skree

ADDITIONAL CAMERA
Anonymous, Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn

EDITOR
Niels Pagh Andersen

ASSISTANT EDITOR
Mariko Montpetit

SOUND EDITOR AND MIX
Henrik Garnov

LINE PRODUCERS
Anonymous, Anonymous

PRODUCTION MANAGERS
Maria Kristensen, Heidi Elise Christensen, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS
Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Anonymous, Anonymous

CAMERA ASSISTANT
Anonymous

GAFFER
Anonymous

DRIVERS
Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous

INDONESIAN RESEARCH AND OUTREACH
Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous

EDITING ASSISTANT
Virgil Kastrup

POST PRODUCTION MANAGERS
Maria Kristensen, Lina Wichmann

POST PRODUCTION SERVICES
Hinterland AS, Duckling, Nordisk Film Shortcut, Dicentia Studios

COLORIST AND VISUAL EFFECTS
Tom Chr. Lilletvedt, 

ASSISTANT COLOURIST

 Joakim Hauge

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Nordisk  Film Shortcut

OFFICE MANAGER (NORWAY)
Oddleiv Vik

GRAPHICS
NR2154 

MOTION GRAPHICS ARTIST

Emil Thorbjørnsson

LAWYERS
Katrine Schlüther Schierbeck, Else Helland

ACCOUNTING
Korthe Barfod, Vassdal & Eriksen AS, Christian Eide, Hanna Pärkkä

AUDITING
Tore Kristian Tjemsland, Pauli Aaltonen, Beierholm, Jan Arildslund and Morten Staghøj

INSURANCE
Jens-Georg Hansen, Lyberg & Partnere

ARCHIVE MATERIAL
Courtesy of NBC Universal Archives

MUSIC
Seri Banang (traditional)
Mana Tahan (traditional)

Lukisan Malam
Composer: E. Sambayon
Lyrics: Sakti Alamsyah
Performed by Sam Saimun
Courtesy of Irama Record

Rege Rege (traditional)

SUBTITLE CONSULTANT
Dansk Videotekst, Shusaku Harada

VERY SPECIAL THANKS
Taman ’65, Sharad Agrawal, Benedict Anderson, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous, Sumyi Khong Antonson, Michael Arnon, Haris Azhar, Ori Bader, Orlando Bagwell, Aaron Balick, Charlotte Munch Bengtsen, Evan Berland, Heather Berland, Russell Berland, Sarah Berland, Dola Bonfils, Theodore Braun, Tom Brookes, Carmel Budiardjo, Manneke Budiman, Brady Case, Christina Chelsia Chan, Carol Chase, Elliot Chase, Stephen Chase, Angel Cheng, Charlie Clements, Catherine Corman, Christine Cynn, David Cynn, Jhin Cynn, Won Cynn, Mark Danner, Lucy Davis, Laurin Dietrich, Nia Dinata, Tony Dowmunt, Edwin, Gareth Evans. Hilmar Farid, Catherine Feinen, Charles Ferguson, Sidsel Filipsen, Beadie Finzi, Tine Fischer, Forum Buruh Lintas Pabrik , Kim Foss, Maxyne Franklin, Anna Godas, Amy Goodman, Peter Goodwin, Maja Giese, Aaron Glimme, Lotte Grauballe, Alfred Guzzetti, Usman Hamid, Taufiq Hanafi, Sidsel Hansen, Shouichi Harada, Shusaku Harada, Toyomi Harada, Oli Harbottle, Muhammad Harits, Andreas Harsono, Brittani Head, Georgia Leigh Hearn, Monica Hellström, Hendrayana, Olivia Herman, Ariel Heryanto, Lena Herzog, Lone Hey, Papang Hidayat, Annette Hill, Telse Hübertz, Evan Husney, Felencia Hutabarat, Adin Hysteria, Arine Kirstein Høgel, Jakob Kirstein Høgel, Maman Imanulhaq, May Adadol Ingawanij, Jemi Irwansyah, Janus Billeskov Jansen, Raharja Waluya Jati, Lars Johansson, Søren Henrik Jørgensen, Simon Kilmurry, Claire Kessie, Laura Kim, Elinor Kowarsky, Anne Marie Kurstein, Nurlaela Lamasitudju, Max Lane, Nikolai Lang, Katrine Larney, Brith Larsen, Tim League, Liga Mahasiswa Untuk Demokrasi, Todung Mulya Lubis, Lena Lundt, Irene Lusztig, Olga Lydia, Elise McCave, Bojana Makavejev, Dusan Makavejev, Valentin Manz, Soe Tjen Marching, Faiza Mardzoeki, James Marsh, Marsinha FM, Richard Melman, Josephine Michau, Aase Mikkelsen, Jodi Miller, Robb Moss, Elisabeth Ida Mulyani, Suciwati Munir, Nobodycopr, International Unlimited, Susan Norget, Bitang Nusantara, David Nuzum, Dede Oetomo, Barbara Oppenheimer, Carol Oppenheimer, Joe Oppenheimer, Sarah Oppenheimer, Mikael Opstrup, Edwin Partogi Pasaribu, Tunggal Pawestri, Geoff Petts, Iwan Meulia, Yosep Adi Prasetyo, Pirous, R. Puspitasari, Karen Ranucci, Ene Katrine Rasmussen, Marlene Schiött Rasmussen, Ayu Ratih, Michael Ratner, B. Ruby Rich, Benoit, Roland, Andrea Romeo, John Roosa, Satyajit Sakar, Sanna Salmenkallio, Omer Sami, Jess Search, Peter Sellars, Steve Pillar Setiabudi, Arash Setoodeh, Noga Shalev, James Shapiro, John Sidel, Adinda Simandjuntak, Morton Simon, Samuel Simon, Bradley Simpson, Ronen Skaletzky, Stephen Smith, Arief Adityawan Sosrojudho, Gordon Spragg, Gabby Stein, Thomas Stenderup, Budiman Sudjatmiko, Stephen Suleeman, Hasto Atmojo Suroyo, Per Byrge Sørensen, Ida Byrge Sørensen, Søren Tarp, Meiske Taurisia, Rosie Thomas, Sheila Timothy, Toko Buku Buruh Membaca, Dian Septi Trisnanti, Bilven Ultimus, Bedjo Untung, Ayu Utami, Michael Uwemedimo, Baskara T. Wardaya, Diane Wyermann, Sandra Whipham, Andy Whittaker, Jeffrey Winters, Philip Yampolsky, Andrea Zimmerman, Daniel Ziv, Slavoj Zizek, Arief Zulkifli, Slavoj Zizek.

DEVELOPED WITH SUPPORT OF
The Danish Film Institute
Danida

PRODUCED WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Danish Film Institute – Film Commissioner Helle Hansen
Nordisk Film & TV Fond – Film consultant Karolina Lidin
Danida
Bertha BRITDOC
The Finnish Film Foundation – Film Commissioner Elina Kivihalme
The Freedom of Expression Foundation
Sundance Institute 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

PRODUCED BY
Final Cut for Real ApS

CO-PRODUCED BY
Anonymous
Making Movies Oy
Piraya Film

IN ASSOCIATION WITH
Spring Films Ltd
International Sales Agent
Cinephil – Philippa Kowarsky
Festival Distribution
Danish Film Institute

AWARDS

Grand Jury Prize - Venice Film Festival 2014

Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) - Best Film of Venice Film Festival 2014

European Critics Prize (FEDEORA) - Best European and Mediterranean Film of Venice Film Festival 2014

Online Critics Prize (Mouse d’Oro) - Best Film of Venice Film Festival 2014

Human Rights Nights Award - Venice Film Festival 2014

Danish Academy Award for Best Documentary (Robert Prize) - 2015

Danish Film Critics Association Prize for Best Documentary (Bodil Prize) - 2015

Peace Film Prize - Berlin Film Festival 2015

Best World Documentary (Cinephile Prize) - Busan International Film Festival 2014

Audience Award - Best Film, Festival Favorites - SXSW Film Festival 2015

Dragon Award Best Documentary - Gothenburg International Film Festival 2015

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Audience Award - Best Film - Festival d'Angers 2015

Audience Award - Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015

Grand Prize (DOX Award) - CPH:DOX 2014

Aung San Suu Kyi Award - Burma Human Rights Human Dignity Film Festival 2015

Prize of the Danish Arts Council - 2014

True Life Award - True/False Film Festival 2015

Audience Award - Documenta Madrid 2015

Audience Award - Docs Barcelona 2015

Amnesty International Award - Docs Barcelona 2015

Grand Prix - Festival de Cinéma Valenciennes 2015

Prix de la Critique - Festival de Cinéma Valenciennes 2015

Prix Étudiants - Festival de Cinéma Valenciennes 2015

Best Documentary - Sofia International Film Festival 2015

Best Film - Prague One World Film Festival 2015

Audience Award - Movies That Matter Festival 2015

Best Documentary - Denver Film Festival 2014

Best Documentary - Victoria Film Festival 2015

Best Director (Baltic Gaze) - Vilnius International Film Festival 2015

Amnesty International Award - Docs Against Gravity - Warsaw 2015

Wild Dreamer Award - Subversive Film Festival 2015

Special Jury Prize - NordicDocs 2015

Best Director (Documentary) - River Run Film Festival 2015

Don Quixote Prize - Tromsø International Film Festival 2015

Best Film - Cine de Derechos Humanos - Uruguay International Film Festival 2015

Best Documentary - Calgary Underground Film Festival 2015