‘The Look of Silence’ Trailer: ‘The Act of Killing’ Gets a Powerful Companion Piece
If you’re a fan of Joshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated, critically-acclaimed documentary The Act of Killing, then this new trailer will definitely interest you. The Look of Silence is a follow-up/companion piece to last year’s deeply affecting film, in which Oppenheimer flips the script and focuses on the son of a victim of the mass Indonesian genocide, taking a stirring tactic to allowing the man to confront those who were involved in his father’s murder.
The trailer for the Werner Herzog and Errol Morris-produced The Look of Silence is sparse but effectively gorgeous. Oppenheimer showed off his penchant for capturing beautiful landscapes and imagery with The Act of Killing, and that talent is in full effect here — the cinematography in this thing looks great. But that’s not all — The Look of Silence promises a uniquely poignant human experience.
In The Act of Killing, Oppenheimer interviewed perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, who slaughtered thousands of people whom they accused of communism, asking them to recreate their crimes in a manner they saw fit. In his follow-up, Oppenheimer follows the son of one such genocide victim, who uses his job as an optometrist to confront the men responsible for killing his father during their eye exams.
That’s an unnerving conceit, and one that should make for an excellent, powerful series of interviews.
The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated The Act Of Killing. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.
The Look of Silence will be released by Drafthouse Films this summer.