Dogwoof is proud to announce an all-rights UK distribution deal for The Look of Silence, director Joshua Oppenheimer’s hotly anticipated companion piece to award-winning documentary The Act of Killing, which we distributed last year. The deal was brokered by Oli Harbottle of Dogwoof with Philippa Kowarsky of Cinephil.
“The Look of Silence must be one of the most eagerly awaited films of the year, and it doesn't disappoint. A perfect companion piece to The Act of Killing, yet a formidable piece of work in its own right, Joshua has once again delivered a powerful reminder of the fragility of the human condition. We are looking not only to replicate the astonishing success of the previous film but to top it with some big and exciting plans already in place for the UK release.' Oli Harbottle, Dogwoof
Joshua Oppenheimer, director, adds, “Everybody who cares about truth, reconciliation and human dignity should be grateful for the care and passion with which Dogwoof released The Act of Killing in the UK. I am thrilled to be working again with this wonderful group of people in releasing The Look of Silence to UK and Irish audiences.”
Once again produced by Signe Byrge Sørensenand executive produced by Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and André Singer, Oppenheimer’s companion piece premiered in competition at Venice International Film Festival to floods of critical acclaim and glowing reviews and then played at Telluride Film Festival. It will screen at Toronto International Film Festival this week.
The Act of Killing enjoyed runaway success in the UK winning the 2014 BAFTA for Best Documentary and the inaugural Guardian Film Award for Best Film, as well as screening for a record 52 consecutive weeks at London’s ICA, and being voted Film of the Year in the prestigious Sight and Sound poll.
We will be releasing the film in 2015.
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.