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Friday Night Films

The Act of Killing

7.2.2014

The Act of Killing (2013)

Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer / Cert. Exempt / 115mins

Friday 7 February 2014

 

7pm / £5 (concessions £3) Pre-book on 01908 676 900

 

In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and André Singer, the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love.

 

In the 1960’s Anwar Congo was a leader in Indonesia’s pro-regime paramilitary the Pancasila Youth who, along with his band of dedicated followers, was amongst those who participated in the murder and torture more than a million alleged Communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals. Proud of their deeds and completely unpunished, Anwar and his pals are delighted when the film’s director ask them to re-enact these murders for their documentary – in any genre they desire. Initially Anwar and his friends enthusiastically take up the challenge using hired actors, making elaborate sets and costumes and even using pyrotechnic, but eventually as the movie violence is played out and reconstructed, Anwar finally begins to feel unease and remorse.

 

“I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade…" Werner Herzog

 

Genre:

Documentary

February 2014

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What are Friday Night Films?

A pop up cinema offering an alternative film experience!  Devised by Independent Cinema MK in association with MK Gallery. Enjoy new releases, cult classics, special events,
screen talks and curated film seasons – all for £5 (£3 concs.). Our screen bar provides modestly priced wine, beer, tea, coffee and soft drinks.

 

 

***** "An utterly fascinating, chilling, but important film" (Independent)

 

***** "Shatteringly powerful" (The Sunday Times)

 

***** "Like no movie seen before" (The Financial Times)

 

***** "Unlike anything else out there" (Little White Lies)

 

***** "Staggeringly original" (Time Out)

 

***** "A devastating, surreal must-see" (The Evening Standard)