Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

The Look of Silence

Saturday 18 a las 20:40 h


Competencia DDHH

Village Recoleta - Vicente López y Junín
Room: 2

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It takes wisdom and character to be able to portray the humanity of a mass-murderer, to find beauty in absolute horror, and to forgive and embrace such deep contradictions. Oppenheimer is not making a sequel of his extraordinary The Act of Killing, but an “in-quel”: he gets inside his previous film and goes deeper, digging bravely in the mass murdering of communists in 1960s Indonesia. And he’s not just observing now: here, he states his opinions and takes sides, because he aims to transform the very present. The subtle subversion of his previous film now gives room to a heartbreaking denunciation: Adi, the ophthalmologist who leads the story, faces the murderers and reveals their own monstrosity to them. This confrontation features no justice or mourning, only an immensely pathetic feeling, a society split in half through bloodshed. Sponsored by Herzog and Errol Morris, Oppenheimer again conjugates intelligence, beauty, and a huge empathy with the people he portrays, who drink the blood of their victims as a magic spell so they can look at themselves in the mirror. GS

Spanish title: La mirada del silencio
Year: 2014
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Minutes: 99
Seconds: 0

D: Joshua Oppenheimer  

F: Lars Skree  

E: Niels Pagh Andersen

S: Henrik Gamov  

P: Signe Byrge Sørensen

 PE: Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, André Singer

CP: Final Cut for Real


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Joshua Oppenheimer Estados Unidos

Born in Texas, USA, in 1974, he studied at Harvard and London. He works as a researcher for the project Genocide and gender of the British AHRC, and directed the documentaries The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1998), The Globalization Tapes (2003; with Christine Cynn) and The Act of Killing (2012; Bafici ‘13).

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