It’s plain and simple: If Errol Morris puts his name on a documentary, I’m seeing it. Same for Werner Herzog (especially if he’s narrating it, but that’s another conversation). The upcoming The Act of Killing is executive-produced by both legendary true-life storytellers, so consider us super-interested. Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, The Act of Killing is being described by distributor Drafthouse Films as “a cinematic fever dream,” the story of a master of genocide who is held up as a remarkably popular figure in his country, and is asked by the moviemakers to recreate his ultraviolent world on film. Will the movie have an effect on this mass murderer’s psyche? If so, is it the movie he’s making, or the movie we’re watching? Just in from Drafthouse, here’s the new movie poster for The Act of Killing. Click on it for a closer look.
The activity in the film reminds me of Morris’ The Fog of War, with Robert McNamara forced to examine his demons and search his soul. All during an interview. (That’s Errol Morris for you.) Winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, The Act of Killing opens in U.S. theaters on July 19.
You can see The Act of Killing trailer here.