Monday, 17 June 2013

Screen Notes: The Act of Killing

Our Screen Notes series allows a more in-depth discussion of the films that we are showing this year at Open City Docs Fest. Contributors from a variety of vantage points and fields including scientists, scholars and students have given their unique perspectives on the documentaries they've enjoyed, sharing their expertise and experiences to add an extra dimension to the documentaries.

Our first issue is from Mark Le Fanu, director of film history at the European Film College in Denmark. Besides his interest in Japanese cinema, he is the author of a widely-acclaimed pioneer study of the Russian film-maker Tarkovsky (The Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, BFI books), and is a frequent contributor to journals such as Sight & Sound and Positif.

Le Fanu has written about The Act Of Killing, which just won the Special Jury Award at the 20th Sheffield Doc/Fest last weekend. Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn and a filmmaker who has preferred to remain anonymous, the film was produced in Denmark, Norway, and the UK and released in 2012, with a run time of 159’. Nominated for the Open City Docs Grand Jury Award, The Act of Killing will be screened on Sat 22 June at 13:30 in the Bloomsbury Theatre, followed by a director Q&A session, for which you can buy tickets HERE.

In addition to the screening, director Joshua Oppenheimer will be hosting a Masterclass entitled Cinema and Memory on Saturday 22 June at 17:00 in which he will discuss the relationship between cinema, trauma and memory and trace the role of fiction in non-fiction and fantasy in reality within the documentary genre, providing an exclusive opportunity to access insights into one of the most thought-provoking documentaries of the year. Buy tickets HERE.

Please follow the link below to read Le Fanu's article.

or for historical background information, by John T. Sidel, the Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) please follow the link below:

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