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The Act Of Killing Follow-Up The Look Of Silence Set for Summer 2015 Release by Drafthouse Films

27 August 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Director Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary The Act of Killing was not only one of the best films of last year, but also one of the most harrowing, disturbing, and impactful documentaries ever made.  So it comes as great news that Oppenheimer’s companion piece, The Look of Silence, has been acquired by Drafthouse Films and Participant Media and slated for a theatrical release in the summer of 2015.  While The Act of Killing explored the Indonesian genocide from the point of view of the perpetrators, The Look of Silence is compiled of footage Oppenheimer shot during the same period of time and tells the story from the victim’s point of view, specifically following one man as he confronts his brother’s killers. The Look of Silence will have its world premiere this week at the Venice Film Festival and is also slated to screen as part of the Toronto International Film Festival. »

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Drafthouse and Participant Media Pick Up 'Act of Killing' Follow-Up 'Look of Silence' Before Venice Debut

27 August 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ahead of its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, Austin-based Drafthouse Films and Participant Media are picking up U.S. rights to Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Look of Silence," the director's follow-up to Oscar-nominated "The Act of Killing," which Drafthouse also released. "The Look of Silence" continues the story of Indonesian survivors begun by "The Act of Killing." The film explores the Indonesian genocide and legacy from the point-of-view of one male victim as he chases down his brother's killers. "The Look of Silence" will also play at the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals in advance of an eventual stateside release in the summer of 2015. Executive producers Errol Morris ("The Fog of War") and Werner Herzog ("Encounters at the End of the World") came onto the film after viewing a rough cut. »

- Anne Thompson

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DVD Review: 'The Unknown Known'

12 August 2014 3:34 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆There's a fabled quote from 2004 written in The New York Times by Ron Suskind, quoting an unnamed aide to the George W. Bush administration (later attributed to Karl Rove): "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality - judiciously, as you will - we'll act again, creating other new realities" Whilst watching Errol Morris' The Unknown Known (2013), one can't help but think that his subject, former United States Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, is the living embodiment of the ideologies embedded in said quote. Taking a similarly structured approach to 2003's The Fog of War, here Morris charts his interviewee's long political career.

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The Unknown Known | Blu-ray Review

8 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The poster of Errol Morris’s newest interrotron bonanza, The Unknown Known, features former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld sporting his signature squinty eyed, cheese eating grin with an ironic question floating just left of his forehead: Why is this man smiling? Why indeed. Using the same straight shooting interrogation style employed for his bouts with Robert S. McNamara in The Fog of War, Morris fails to really answer this fairly simple seeming question, but that’s the point. Where Morris successfully coaxed the facts of controversial political lineage from McNamara, with Rumsfeld, there seems only to be the eloquent facade of deflections and fortune cookie phrases we are all too familiar with from his daily white house press conferences as the public face of the war on terror post-9/11. Less politically enlightening than its cinematic predecessor, The Unknown Known succeeds instead in highlighting with a blacked out layer of »

- Jordan M. Smith

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: Why 'The Unknown Known' Is One of the Most Fascinating Movies of the Year

1 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Unknown Known - RadiusTWC - Blu-ray and DVD Director: Errol Morris Cast: Donald Rumsfeld The Unknown Known is one of the most fascinating movies of the year. It doesn't matter what your politics are, this is an engrossing look inside the brain of a highly influential man in world politics, and the many different ways people are able to rationalize and justify actions taken against others. In this case, that person just so happens to have been an integral component of America's war on terror. But as with brilliant documentarian Errol Morris' equally brilliant documentary The Fog of War, what makes The Unknown Known work so well as a film is its ability to live with its subject, and to understand and observe it without passing any kind of overt judgment...

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- Peter Hall

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'Fort Bliss': Champs-Elysees Review

18 June 2014 1:12 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The fog of war is no match for the domestic tempest experienced by an Army medic back home in Fort Bliss, writer-director Claudia Myers’ well-observed and endearing account of one woman grappling with allegiances to her fellow soldiers and her estranged 5-year-old son. Starring Michelle Monaghan in a demanding role that further brings out a dark side revealed last year on True Detective, this character-driven drama offers up a unique distaff viewpoint on a subject usually reserved for men, underlining the burdens placed on mothers torn between their country and their family. Though it drags

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- Jordan Mintzer

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‘The Unknown Known’ Review

23 April 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

“There are known knowns. There are known unknowns. There are unknown unknowns. But there are also unknown knowns—that is to say, things that you think you know that it turns out you did not.” Those are the confounding words are spoken by Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld – the subject of Errol Morris’s latest documentary The Unknown Known.

At this point in his career Morris is a seasoned veteran when it comes to this form of talking-head dissection of a controversial political figure. His unique flair and visual flourishes add allure and nuance even with the subject is lacking in both. Rumsfeld’s shell appears too hard for even Morris to fully crack.  While The Unknown Known encapsulates the inner workings of an intriguing figure, it does not have the satisfying reflective quality of similar Morris documentaries.

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- Dan Clark

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'Red Army' Moves to Sony Pictures Classics

23 April 2014 7:36 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American, Asian and Eastern European rights to filmmaker Gabe Polsky's Red Army.

The documentary centers on the Soviet Union's Red Army hockey team during the Cold War. The squad was the most successful dynasty in sports history. It is told through the eyes of the team captain Slava Fetisov and focuses on the friendships, betrayals, and his personal life, which let to his transformation from national hero to political enemy.

Gabe Polsky had this to say about the film.

"At its heart, this is a film about the Russian soul."

Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker said this about the project.

"We can't wait to present this film to audiences everywhere. This is Russian history as seen from the perspective of professional ice hockey. Director Gabe Polsky has made a dramatic, entertaining movie about historic heroes on the ice. »

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Film Review: Errol Morris’ ‘The Unknown Known’ Seeks Donald Rumsfeld

21 April 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The reason some people fit into government service is fairly well defined in the latest film of iconic documentary maker Errol Morris. His profile of ex-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in “The Unknown Known” is a tale of history – affected by war, death, torture and justification.

The power of government men in suits and what happens when the power is realized flows through Rumsfeld like water through a faucet, and who or what shuts it off, is often determined by the title of the film.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

This documentary is different from the previous Morris exploration of decision making having to do with United States defense, “The Fog of War.” Whereas Robert McNamara – the Secretary of Defense during the Viet Nam era – gave eleven lessons of war in that film, Donald Rumsfeld goes over a history of memos during his reign of defense under Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Bowling for Columbine: The Top 25 (Best Documentary Feature)

21 April 2014 9:06 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Continuing the weekly series I’m doing here on the site, we’re talking the top 25 Oscar winners in just about all of the Academy Award categories out there for us to discuss. Aside from the short form categories and likely something much harder to rank like Best Sound Editing or Best Sound Mixing as I’ve mentioned in the weeks prior, I’ll be hitting them all over the coming weeks, including of course the big eight categories, a few of which have already received this treatment. I’m also potentially going to do one that doesn’t really exist (a fictitious/wishful thinking Best Ensemble category), but that’s just an idea I currently am toying with. We’ll see about that one, but for now, we’ll stick to reality. Today I’ll be going ahead and knocking off another one of the in between categories (though technically a technical category, »

- Joey Magidson

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Interview: Errol Morris

12 April 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

Something You Should Know Before Seeing The Unknown Known

In this era—thank you Fox News, thank you Rush Limbaugh—where vitriol supplants discussion, where bombast and partisan opinion quashes reason, Errol Morris’s new film has ignited some low-wattage controversy.  The Unknown Known is a bloodless portrait of former U.S. Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, an exposé only in a laissez-faire sense; unlike The Fog of War, Morris’ other documentary on a former Secretary of Defence, Robert McNamara, which was a Greek tragedy of hubris and self-excoriation, with a sort of sad happy ending where McNamara is haunted with regret.  In The Unknown Known there is no Bill O’Reilly pugnacity, shouting at his subject, calling him a dirty traitor and shutting off his mic, or no Michael Moore (the Left’s equivalent of Bill O’Reilly, thank God for it) making his subject into a buffoon.  Why »

- Dr. Garth Twa

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Indiewire Picks Free Movies: Before You See the New Errol Morris Doc, Check Out 'Mr. Death'

4 April 2014 8:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, Indiewire chief film critic Eric Kohn singles out a movie available for free streaming from our parent company SnagFilms' library and tells you why you should watch it now. It was appropriate that "The Act of Killing," last year's Oscar-nominated documentary about the perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, was executive produced by Errol Morris. Just as that movie involved its director coaching performances out of his subjects to capture their essence, Morris has excelled at pointing his camera at various eccentrics and transforming them into cinematic characters. And like "The Act of Killing" director Joshua Oppenheimer, Morris never shies away from morally complex topics and the contemptible people wrapped up in them. His Oscar-winning "The Fog of War" put the spotlight on the inner demons of Robert McNamara, while "The Unknown Known" —which opens theatrically today—similarly magnifies the misdeeds of Donald Rumsfeld. In both movies, Morris speaks to his subjects. »

- Eric Kohn

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Review: In Errol Morris' 'The Unknown Known,' Donald Rumsfeld Stumbles Through Half-Truths, And So Does the Doc

3 April 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Donald Rumsfeld stares straight at the camera and smiles a lot in "The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld," the latest single-interview documentary from Errol Morris, but his cheery demeanor never manages to convince. Revisiting turf he last explored with another portrait of a disgraced former defense secretary, the Oscar-winning "The Fog of War," Morris also retreads some of the same murky ground of military corruption as his Abu Ghraib portrait "Standard Operating Procedure." In this case, however, the feature-length interview is largely dominated by his eccentric subject's meandering convictions, tenuous regrets and bureaucratic doublespeak, resulting in a peculiar movie seemingly at war with itself. There's no doubting Morris' presence in "The Unknown Known," both as the aggressive interrogator behind the lens and through the darkly witty aura of mystery he uses to enshroud Rumsfeld's testimonies. Aided by a typically first-rate score by Danny Elfman, the. »

- Eric Kohn

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Director Errol Morris Talks The Unknown Known, the “Horrifying” Truth to Donald Rumsfeld, the Construction of False Narratives, and More

2 April 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

How does one interview perhaps the greatest interviewer of our time?  Errol Morris, a titan of documentary filmmaking, has elicited introspective confessions from both a former Us Secretary of Defense and a death-row inmate.  He’s a man that can interview a self-avowed Holocaust denier (as he did with Fred Leuchter in Mr. Death) -- and somehow make you, the viewer, understand where this misguided man is coming from.  In Morris’s latest, The Unknown Known, the great interviewer meets his match in the gobbledygook and aphorisms of two-time Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.  The film (a sequel of sorts to Morris’s Academy Award winning The Fog of War) is pretty much just two men in a room – one asking questions, the other finding ways to shy away from answering.  But this isn’t a film necessarily about Iraq or Abu Ghraib or any other political lightening-rod; instead it »

- Tommy Cook

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The Unknown Known: Errol Morris Can't Penetrate the Man Behind Iraq

1 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

As its subtitle suggests, one reason Errol Morris's 2003 documentary The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara proved so resonant is that its subject was partly a proxy for his most notorious professional successor, the decidedly less available Donald Rumsfeld. "I don't do quagmires," Rumsfeld said in a news briefing around that time, and there was the desperate sense that if life lessons could be learned from a chief architect of the Vietnam War, they sure as hell ought to be learned by a chief architect of the Iraq War.

Having been liberated from that job in 2006, Rumsfeld is marginally more available now, and Morris is ready for him. The Unknown Known, like The Fog of War, is an unmistakably Morrisish enterprise: built around »

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First titles announced for Sff

1 April 2014 2:08 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The 61st Sydney Film Festival today announced 32 films to be featured in this year.s event (June 4-15) in advance of the full program launch on May 7.

The line-up includes the world premiere of The Redfern Story, 19 Australian premieres, 13 features, 11 documentaries and an eight-film retrospective on maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman. Altman.s son, filmmaker Michael Altman, will attend festival and introduce several of the Altman screenings.

Darlene Johnson.s The Redfern Story chronicles the volatile birth of the first all-Indigenous theatre company, the National Black Theatre. It features interviews with indigenous media pioneer Lester Bostock, writer Gerry Bostock, actor Lillian Crombie, activist-academic Gary Foley, academic Marcia Langton, actors Rachael Maza, Bryan Brown and Bindi Williams. .We are pleased to present this sneak preview of 32 of the 180-plus films in this year.s program,. said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. .We have gathered a selection of the best films from the »

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'He's Untouched by History': Errol Morris on Donald Rumsfeld

1 April 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Ask documentarian Errol Morris how he'd characterize his latest film, The Unknown Known, and he has a surprisingly simple answer. "I call this my nonfiction horror movie," Morris says. The subject of this cinema vérité chiller: former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who sat with the filmmaker for over 30 hours, tracing his long career in public service from the Nixon to Dubya eras. Morris didn't fuss with reels of stock footage, talking heads, or vintage baby pictures. Instead, he just turned his camera on one of the Bush Administration's most »

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Watch: Stephen Colbert Dissects Errol Morris' Doc 'The Unknown Known'

27 March 2014 10:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It's not easy to convince late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert that America may have made a mistake, but Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris ("The Fog of War," "The Thin Blue Line") sure gives it a try with his latest film "The Unknown Known." The film, set to come out in theaters and on VOD on April 4, details Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's role in the Iraq War and exactly how much he -- or anybody else -- actually knows about it. Morris stopped by "The Colbert Report" to talk... or not talk... about the doc. Previewing a clip from the movie in which Rumsfeld confesses some of his faults in the war proceedings and the torture that was said to take place, Colbert pinpoints the apparent liberal bias of Morris who chose an interesting style of music to accompany Rumsfeld's testimony. Check out the video below (if it's not loading, »

- Ziyad Saadi

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Watch: Stephen Colbert Dissects Errol Morris' Doc 'The Unknown Known'

27 March 2014 10:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It's not easy to convince late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert that America may have made a mistake, but Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris ("The Fog of War," "The Thin Blue Line") sure gives it a try with his latest film "The Unknown Known." The film, set to come out in theaters and on VOD on April 4, details Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's role in the Iraq War and exactly how much he -- or anybody else -- actually knows about it. Morris stopped by "The Colbert Report" to talk... or not talk... about the doc. Previewing a clip from the movie in which Rumsfeld confesses some of his faults in the war proceedings and the torture that was said to take place, Colbert pinpoints the apparent liberal bias of Morris who chose an interesting style of music to accompany Rumsfeld's testimony. Check out the video below (if it's not loading, »

- Ziyad Saadi

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Errol Morris Stands Up for Unapologetic Donald Rumsfeld Doc 'The Unknown Known'

26 March 2014 8:53 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Errol Morris makes documentaries. He also plays the cello. So a recent conversation in Manhattan turned from film to a performance the previous night of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, and its eloquent silences. “You could go as far as to say silence is what the Ninth is all about,” Morris said. And you might say the same about the director’s latest movie. “The Unknown Known,” which arrives in theaters April 4, takes its title from a pseudo-cryptic quote by its subject, Donald Rumsfeld, but also describes the subject himself. The former secretary of defense, a chief architect of the inexplicable Iraq War, doesn’t provide explanations in Morris’ documentary portrait. He doesn’t offer apologies. He doesn’t grasp the need for either -- or why anyone would question a man who seems incapable of questioning himself. But it is that absence of introspection, or expression of same, that has left some viewers flummoxed, »

- John Anderson

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