Cinematic Fever Dream

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

What: “The Act of Killing”

When: 4:30, 7, and 9:35 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 9, 10 and 11; 1:45 and 9:05 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12

Where: Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $9

Web: filmstreams.org

Phone: 402-933-0259

The 2-minute trailer to this one knocked me on my heart. Brutal, majestic, sad beyond belief – I experienced all of those things in the short clip to “The Act of Killing,” which is now playing at Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris (“The Fog Of War”) and Werner Herzog (“Grizzly Man”), the filmmakers examine a country where Indonesian death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass killings in the style of the American movies they love.

The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit. Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals, “The Act of Killing” is an unprecedented film and, according to the Los Angeles Times, "could well change how you view the documentary form."

You can watch the official trailer by clicking on the link below.


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