Today marks the NYC theatrical opening of Joshua Oppenheimer's acclaimed documentary The Act Of Killing – currently sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with 55 reviews polled – which examines a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes and are challenged to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. The film Executive Produced by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris will be expanding next week to Los Angeles at the NuArt Theatre and Washington DC at the E Street Cinema.
The Act Of Killing took the lead spot in today's Weekend Arts Section in The New York Times earning the Critic's Pick and reviewer A.O. Scott calls the film "startling," and "inventive," adding, "this is not a movie that lets go of you easily." For Dana Stevens at Slate, "The Act Of Killing is among the most profound, formally complex, and emotionally overpowering documentaries I’ve ever seen."
"To dub Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary a masterpiece is at once warranted and yet somehow limiting," Nick Schager says in his review for The Village Voice, "the term too narrow for what the first-time American filmmaker achieves with his debut." And Bob Mondello for NPR declares The Act Of Killing "a virtually unprecedented social document."
Democracy Now! proclaimed the film a "remarkable and astounding masterpiece," and Oppenheimer appeared in studio for a full hour to speak in extensive detail about his film – watch this piece right here. Oppenheimer told Interview Magazine, "I've never been a fly-on-the-wall documentarian... I believe it's a lie," about his inventive approach.
The Act Of Killing opens this today in NYC at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Director Joshua Oppenheimer will be present for Q&As on Friday at the 7:30pm and 8pm showings and on Saturday for the 4:50pm, 7:30pm & 8pm showings. Tickets are available here. For a full listing of theaters and cities opening the film, please visit www.actofkilling.com.