January 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // AUSTIN, TX - Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, will bring Joshua Oppenheimer's critically-acclaimed, Oscar®-nominated The Act Of Killing back to big screen in multiple markets beginning February 7th, 2014. In addition to having the film play in various markets across the country, director Joshua Oppenheimer will also be appearing for Q&As in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Palm Springs. Fans can also purchase, rent and connect with The Act Of Killing at www.actofkilling.com.
While recently released on DVD/Blu-ray, various Video OnDemand and digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and Netflix, The Act of Killing initially opened theatrically in July of 2013, breaking box office records. Drafthouse Films will re-release the film due to popular demand and curiosity after numerous year-end awards and top-ten lists.
"We are deeply grateful. This nomination is an honor for us as filmmakers," says director Joshua Oppenheimer, "but for the survivors and victims it is a crucial first step in their country's acknowledgement of a moral catastrophe - the horror of the genocide and the on-going regime of fear and corruption built by the killers. May it also be a first step toward healing."
"The Act Of Killing is a landmark release for us," says Drafthouse Films CEO Tim League, "and we are honored to have the Academy recognize this truly one-of-a-kind achievement in the documentary form. We are also gratified to be associated with a film that has already sparked important change in Indonesia."
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, executive produced by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, and produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen, The Act Of Killing ventures deep into the imagination of former Indonesian death squad leaders who are challenged to reenact their real-life mass killings in the style of the American movie they love; including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.
The film has won over 50 awards internationally, appeared on over 40 official top ten lists including The New York Times, TIME, and New York Magazine, and has been championed by critics including NPR, which calls the film "astonishing and brilliant" and CNN, which says the film is a "radical development in the documentary form and as an explosive journalistic expose."
The Act Of Killing is available for theatrical bookings contact Sumyi Khong Antonson, VP of Marketing and Distribution at email@example.com.
In a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.
Born 1974, Texas, USA. Joshua Oppenheimer has worked for over a decade with militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination. Educated at Harvard and Central St Martins, London, his award-winning films include The Globalization Tapes (2003, co-directed with Christine Cynn), The Entire History Of The Louisana Purchase (1998, Gold Hugo, Chicago Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival), These Places We've Learned To Call Home (1996, Gold Spire, San Francisco Film Festival) and numerous shorts. Oppenheimer is Senior Researcher on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council's Genocide and Genre project and has published widely on these themes. Oppenheimer is currently based in
Born 1970, Copenhagen, Denmark, Signe Byrge Sørensen has been a producer for 14 years. She founded Final Cut for Real ApS in 2009. She has produced documentaries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Thailand and Argentina, besides Denmark and Sweden. Amongst her most recent films are Voices of the World and The Importance of Being Mlabri, co- directed with Janus Billeskov Jansen. Besides this she has produced for example Football is God, directed by Ole Bendtzen, The Kid and the Clown, directed by Ida Grøn and The Human Scale, directed by Andreas Dalsgaard. Signe holds an MA in International Development Studies and Communication Studies from Roskilde University, Denmark, 1998 and is a EURODOC graduate from 2003 and an EAVE graduate from 2010.
Final Cut for Real is dedicated to high-end creative documentaries for the international market. Our policy is to be curious, daring and seek out directors with serious artistic ambitions. We do not from the outset set any limits on subjects or locations. We look for interesting stories, great characters and in-depth social, cultural and political analysis - and we also try to give the films a twist of humour. Our method is for our producers to work closely with "their" directors from the first idea to the final film, and keep on exchanging ideas and feedback. Together we cover a wide range of development and production expertise - and work with younger talent as well as established filmmakers. We try to create a productive mixture of experience and new approaches to documentary filmmaking. www.final-cut.dk
Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of "sharing the films we love with widest audience possible," Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of Four Lions which was named of Time Magazine's "Top 10 Films Of The Year." The 2012 release slate includes the acclaimed Best Foreign Language Oscar®) Bullhead, the internationally celebrated Danish comedy Klown (currently slated for a Warner Bros/Todd Phillips produced US remake), Mads Brügger's acclaimed provocative documentary The Ambassador, the 40th anniversary restoration of landmark Australian thriller Wake In Fright, and together with producing partners Magnolia Pictures and Timpson Films, the much-anticipated anthology horror film The ABC's Of Death featuring 26 different directors that Fangoria calls, "a stunning roll call of some of the most exciting names in horror across the world." Drafthouse Films distributes films theatrically, through home video, VOD and their direct-to-consumer platforms integrating into the ever-growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand, which along with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas includes: Mondo, the collectible art boutique; Fantastic Fest, the largest international genre film festival in the US; and the pop culture website Badass Digest.
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