[ REVIEW ]

INDY MOVIE REVIEW
 
The Look of Silence (2014)
 (ѧ) 
 
   
 

Director:Joshua Oppenheimer Producer:Signe Byrge Sørensen Music by:Seri Banang Cinematography:Lars Skree  Edited by:Niels Pagh Andersen Running time:103 minutes Country:Indonesia Language:Indonesian Genre:Documentary , Mana Tahan

Subtitle:English  Starring: Adi Rukun ... Himself, brother of murdered Ramli Rukun,

M.Y. Basrun ... Himself, former commander of a civilian militia,

Amir Hasan ... Himself, former leader of death squad (archive footage),
Inong ... Himself, former leader the village death squad
,
Kemat ... Himself, survivor from Snake River massacre
,
Joshua Oppenheimer ... Himself (voice) (as Josh)
,
Amir Siahaan ... Himself, former commander of Snake River death squads
,
Ted Yates ... Himself, reporter, NBC News (archive footage)

 
 

Ҫԧ

ʡ 2016

Ңäʹ

 


˹ѧҧ:


ҧ:Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 43 wins & 34 nominations.

 

 

Academy Awards, USA 2016

Nominated
Oscar
Best Documentary, Feature
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Signe Byrge Sørensen 
 

Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014

Nominated
Black Pearl Award
Best Documentary Feature
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2014

2nd place
Audience Award
IDFA Audience Award
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Angers European First Film Festival 2015

Won
Audience Award
European Feature Films
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Won
Grand Jury Prize - Special Mention
European Feature Films
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Austin Film Critics Association 2015

Won
Austin Film Critics Award
Best Documentary
 

Berlin International Film Festival 2015

Won
Peace Film Award
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Bodil Awards 2015

Won
Bodil
Best Documentary (Bedste dokumentarfilm)
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2015

Won
BSFC Award
Best Foreign Language Film
Awarded in memory of 
Jay Carr.
2nd place
BSFC Award
Best Documentary
 

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2016

Nominated
Critics Choice Award
Best Documentary Feature
 

Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2016

Won
COFCA Award
Best Documentary
 

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2015

Nominated
CFCA Award
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary
 

Chicago International Film Festival 2014

Nominated
Audience Choice Award
Audience Choice Award
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US 2016

Won
Cinema Eye Honors Award
The Unforgettables
Adi Rukun 
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Signe Byrge Sørensen 
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Outstanding Achievement in Production
Signe Byrge Sørensen 
Nominated
Cinema Eye Honors Award
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Lars Skree 
 

Cleveland International Film Festival 2015

Nominated
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Award
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

CPH:DOX 2014

Won
CPH:DOX Award
Joshua Oppenheimer 

"For the main award our debate was impassioned, clearly heated and even fiery. Our final decision ... 

More
 

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards 2015

2nd place
DFWFCA Award
Best Documentary
2nd place
 

Denver Film Critics Society 2015

Won
DFCS Award
Best Documentary Film
 

Denver International Film Festival 2014

Won
Maysles Brothers Award
Best Documentary
Joshua Oppenheimer 

"Powerful, captivating, terrifying...the film not only brings awareness to important subject matter... 

More
 

Detroit Film Critic Society, US 2015

Nominated
DFCS Award
Best Documentary
 

DocAviv Film Festival 2015

Nominated
Best International Film
The International Competition
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

DocsBarcelona, ES 2015

Won
Audience Award
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Won
DocsBarcelona TV3 Award
Best Documentary - Honorable Mention
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Won
International Amnesty Catalunya Award
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

European Film Awards 2015

Nominated
European Film Award
European Documentary
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2015

Nominated
FFCC Award
Best Documentary
 

Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) 2016

Nominated
GFCA Award
Best Foreign Film
Best Documentary
 

Gotham Awards 2015

Won
Gotham Independent Film Award
Best Documentary
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Signe Byrge Sørensen 
 

Göteborg Film Festival 2015

Won
Dragon Award
Best Nordic Documentary
Joshua Oppenheimer 

"The award goes to a film which breaks the barriers between documentary and fiction, by opening up ... 

More
 

Houston Film Critics Society Awards 2016

Nominated
HFCS Award
Best Documentary Feature
 

Independent Spirit Awards 2016

Nominated
Independent Spirit Award
Best Documentary
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Signe Byrge Sørensen 
 

Indiewire Critics'' Poll 2015

Won
ICP Award
Best Documentary
Nominated
ICP Award
Best Film
9th place.
 

International Cinephile Society Awards 2015

Won
ICS Award
Best Picture Not Released in 2014
 

International Documentary Association 2015

Won
IDA Award
Best Feature
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Signe Byrge Sørensen 
 

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards 2015

Nominated
KCFCC Award
Best Documentary
 

London Critics Circle Film Awards 2016

Won
ALFS Award
Foreign Language Film of the Year
Nominated
ALFS Award
Film of the Year
Documentary of the Year
 

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2015

2nd place
LAFCA Award
Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Melbourne International Film Festival 2015

2nd place
People''s Choice Award
Best Documentary
Joshua Oppenheimer 
1st Runner-Up
 

Milwaukee Film Festival 2015

Won
Documentary Jury Award
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Moscow International Film Festival 2015

3rd place
Audience Award
Documentary
Joshua Oppenheimer 
3rd place.
 

National Board of Review, USA 2015

Won
NBR Award
Top Five Documentaries
 

North Carolina Film Critics Association 2016

Nominated
NCFCA Award
Best Documentary Film
 

Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival 2015

Won
Audience Award
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 
Nominated
Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Award
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Online Film Critics Society Awards 2015

Won
OFCS Award
Best Documentary
 

Online Film Critics Society Awards 2014

Won
OFCS Award
Best Non-U.S. Release
 

PGA Awards 2016

Nominated
PGA Award
Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
Signe Byrge Sørensen 
 

Pusan International Film Festival 2014

Won
Busan Cinephile Award
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

RiverRun International Film Festival 2015

Won
Jury Prize
Best Director: Documentary Feature
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Robert Festival 2015

Won
Robert
Best Long Documentary (Årets lange dokumentarfilm)
Signe Byrge Sørensen (producer) 
Joshua Oppenheimer (director) 
 

San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2015

Nominated
SFFCC Award
Best Documentary
 

Satellite Awards 2015

Nominated
Satellite Award
Best Motion Picture, Documentary
 

Seattle Film Critics Awards 2016

Won
Seattle Film Critics Award
Best Documentary
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2015

Won
Audience Award
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Sofia International Film Festival 2015

Won
UNESCO Award for Best Documentary
Award for Best Documentary
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

St. Louis Film Critics Association, US 2015

2nd place
SLFCA Award
Best Documentary Film
 

SXSW Film Festival 2015

Won
Audience Award
Festival Favorites
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2016

Won
Allan King Documentary Award
 
 

Venice Film Festival 2014

Won
FIPRESCI Prize
Competition
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Won
Fedeora Award
Best Euro-Mediterranean Film
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Won
Golden Mouse
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Won
Grand Special Jury Prize
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Won
Human Rights Film Network Award
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Tied with 
Io sto con la sposa (2014).
Nominated
Golden Lion
Joshua Oppenheimer 
 

Village Voice Film Poll 2015

Won
VVFP Award
Best Documentary
 

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards 2015

Nominated
WAFCA Award
Best Documentary
 

Zurich Film Festival 2014

Won
Special Mention
International Documentary Film
Joshua Oppenheimer 
Nominated
Golden Eye
Best International Documentary Film
Joshua Oppenheimer 

 

 

An Indonesian man with a communist background killed when the "Communist" purge occured in 1965. After that, his remained family members lived in fear and silence. His brother visits the suspected killers and their companions at the present time as an eye-examiner. These meetings uncover the details of the killings, which possibly will give them the answer from the questions about the real executor and the killing process. He forced to face his own fear and meet the people whom possibly responsible for his brother''s death.

The Look of Silence (Indonesian: Senyap, "Silence") is a 2014 Danish documentary film directed by Joshua Oppenheimer about the Indonesian killings of 1965–66. The film is a companion piece to Oppenheimer''s 2012 documentary The Act of Killing. It was executive produced by Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, and Andre Singer. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 88th Academy Awards.

User Reviews

Words cannot describe

20 November 2015 | by infudibulum (United Kingdom)
Act of Killing I bought with some trepidation and settled down on my own to watch it (and watched again immediately after with the Josh/Werner Herzog background discussion - rather the film background to the discussion). Next day I bought Look of Silence. Watched it next night both without and with the background discussion. I was mesmerised (and still am), and so many questions come to mind.

The two films work well together, Act of Killing being more overview and focusing on the killers and the political structure/mob rule that is still in power. Act of Killing doesn''t particularly explore how they got away with genocide (why the world turned a blind eye), but this is alluded to carefully and specifically in Look of Silence.

I could write so much because the two films together have provoked in me a profound perspective on human horror, which has gripped me most recently with what we see on the news with ISIS (Paris Masacre).

What are human beings capable of, and why is an individual able to make such choices? What are the structures that facilitate the most grotesque of human acts of wickedness upon one another. Do we all contain wickedness, does a killer lurk inside us all? Does fear itself propel the killers - kill or be killed? Are we (cells in the human organism) enacting our worst imaginable terror, excising evil, I kill therefore I am?

Josh Oppenheimer, I applaud your work. The sensitivity and attention to the finest detail employed in your work is, for me, beyond words. The cinematography, colours you choose, balance in composition. Even the subtitles were easy to read. Beautiful lingering pauses. You said of one still scene, a bridge, pale green, a river bank; you have no words to describe how this scene makes you feel, what the scene says. For me this scene (in LoS) is terrifyingly beautiful, sad, the weight of recent history hanging there in the stillness. Embodying the sadness and fear. I love that still scene.

Superb, I do not have the words to describe what your films say to me... I will think about them for a long long time, and watch them again.








äͧʹ..ͧ仴٫ԤѺ