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The Act of Killing ()


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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and... See more »

Awards:
  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 53 wins & 41 nominations.
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Himself - Executioner in 1965
Herman Koto ...
Himself - Gangster and Paramilitary Leader
Syamsul Arifin ...
Himself - Governor of North Sumatra
Ibrahim Sinik ...
Himself - Newspaper Publisher
Yapto Soerjosoemarno ...
Himself - Leader of Pancasila Youth
Safit Pardede ...
Himself - Local Paramilitary Leader
Jusuf Kalla ...
Himself - Vice President of Indonesia
Adi Zulkadry ...
Himself - Fellow Executioner in 1965
Soaduon Siregar ...
Himself - Journalist
Suryono ...
Himself - Anwar's Neighbor
Haji Marzuki ...
Himself - Member of North Sumatra Parliament (as Marzuki)
Haji Anif ...
Himself - Paramilitary Leader and Businessman
Rahmat Shah ...
Himself - Member of Parliament
Sakhyan Asmara ...
Himself - Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Joshua Oppenheimer
Anonymous ... (co-director)
Christine Cynn ... (co-director)

Produced by

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Anonymous ... line producer / producer
Christine Cynn ... co-producer / producer
Torstein Grude ... co-producer / executive producer
Werner Herzog ... executive producer
Maria Kristensen ... associate producer
Anne Köhncke ... producer
Errol Morris ... executive producer
Joshua Oppenheimer ... co-producer
Lizzy Ratner ... associate producer
Andre Singer ... executive producer
Signe Byrge Sørensen ... producer
Joram ten Brink ... executive producer / producer
Bjarte Mørner Tveit ... co-producer / executive producer
Michael Uwemedimo ... producer

Cinematography by

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Anonymous
Carlos Arango de Montis ... (as Carlos Arango De Montis)
Lars Skree

Film Editing by

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Nils Pagh Andersen ... (as Niels Pagh Andersen)
Charlotte Munch Bengtsen
Ariadna Fatjó-Vilas ... (as Ariadna Fatjo-Vilas Mestre)
Janus Billeskov Jansen
Mariko Montpetit

Editorial Department

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Erik Andersson ... conform
Anonymous ... editing assistant
Charlotte Munch Bengtsen ... trailer
Svenne Friis ... technical support
Christopher Berge Hove ... conform
Tom Christer Lilletvedt ... colorist (as Tom Chr. Lilletvedt)
Lars Michael Reiff ... technical support
Nicolás Nørgaard Staffolani ... technical support (as Nicolas Servide)
Henrik Vincent Thiesen ... trailer

Makeup Department

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Anonymous ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Anonymous ... production manager
Heidi Elise Christensen ... post-production manager
Helga Høegh-Krohn ... post-production manager
Maria Kristensen ... post-production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Anonymous ... assistant director

Art Department

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Anonymous ... carpenter / prop master

Sound Department

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Anonymous ... dubbing / recording engineer
Henrik Garnov ... sound editor: Gilyd! (as Henrik Gugge Garnov)
Gunn Tove Grønsberg ... sound editor: Storyline
Elin Øyen Vister ... original sound designer
Ray Quintana ... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Anonymous ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Odd Brandtzægg ... IT engineer
Christopher Berge Hove ... visual effects
Tom Christer Lilletvedt ... visual effects (as Tom Chr. Lilletvedt)
Emil Thorbjørnsson ... motion graphics artist

Camera and Electrical Department

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Anonymous ... gaffer / second camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Anonymous ... costumer

Music Department

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Anonymous ... band / choir director / choir
Simon Thamdrup Jensen ... composer: additional music

Transportation Department

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Anonymous ... driver

Other crew

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Arvid Abrahamsen ... auditor
Anonymous ... animal handler / choreographer / dance coach / production assistant / runner / wrangler
Jan Arildslund ... auditor: Beierholm
Charlotte Armstrong ... subtitle consultant
Korthe Barfod ... accountant
Michelle Bernth ... production assistant
Lia Na'ama Ten Brink ... production assistant
Tom Brooks ... production assistant
Oliver Clasper ... production assistant
Christian Eide ... accountant: Vassdal & Eriksen
Inger Friis ... accountant
Jens Georg Hansen ... insurance: Lyberg & Partnere (as Jens-Georg Hansen)
Shusaku Harada ... production assistant / subtitle consultant
Nick Hegreberg ... production assistant
Else Helland ... lawyer
Jakob Kirstein Høgel ... advisor
Karina Lavik ... production assistant
Hans Lolk ... accountant
Lena Lundt ... accountant
Hugo Macpherson ... production assistant
Valentin Manz ... production assistant
Leon Morgan ... lawyer
Katrine Schlüter ... lawyer (as Katrine Schlüther Schierbeck)
Samuel Simon ... production assistant
Morten Staghøj ... auditing: Beierholm
Oddleiv Vik ... office manager

Thanks

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Sharad Agarwal ... special thanks
Stig Andersen ... with the support of: Norwegian Film Institute
Benedict Anderson ... special thanks
Anonymous ... special thanks
Axel Arnö ... in collaboration with: SVT
Erkki Astala ... in collaboration with: YLE
Aaron Balick ... special thanks
Paul Barber ... special thanks
Evan Berland ... special thanks
Heather Berland ... special thanks
Russell Berland ... special thanks
Sarah Berland ... special thanks
Steinar Bjørkhaug ... with the support of: Stiftelsen Matriark
Steven Bognar ... special thanks (as Steve Bognar)
Dola Bonfils ... special thanks
Telse Brix ... special thanks
Michael Bronski ... special thanks
Sabine Bubeck-Paaz ... in collaboration with: ZDF/Arte
Carmel Budiardjo ... special thanks
Brady Case ... special thanks
Carol Chase ... special thanks
David Chase ... special thanks
Elliot Chase ... special thanks
Stephen Chase ... special thanks
Anders V. Christensen ... special thanks (as Anders Christensen)
Charlie Clements ... special thanks
Catherine Corman ... special thanks
Andreas Dalsgaard ... special thanks
Ola Hunnes Danida ... with the support of: Norwegian Film Institute
Mark Danner ... special thanks
Lucy Davis ... special thanks
Rasmus Dinesen ... archive material courtesy of
Tony Dowmunt ... special thanks
Maja Dyekjær ... special thanks (as Maja Giese)
Gareth Evans ... special thanks
Troels Faldorf ... special thanks
Hilmar Farid ... special thanks
Catherine Feinen ... special thanks
Simon Field ... special thanks
Tine Fischer ... special thanks
Pat Footer ... special thanks
Kim Foss ... special thanks
Finn Gjedebo ... special thanks
Aaron Glimme ... special thanks
Peter Goodwin ... special thanks
Jesper Grand ... special thanks
Cecilie Gravesen ... special thanks
Alfred Guzzetti ... special thanks
Helle Hansen ... special thanks
Sidsel Stær Hansen ... special thanks (as Sidsel Hansen)
Shouichi Harada ... special thanks
Shusaku Harada ... special thanks
Toyomi Harada ... special thanks
Brittani Head ... special thanks
Georgia Leigh Hearn ... special thanks
Juan Hein ... special thanks
Monica Hellstrøm ... special thanks (as Monica Hellström)
Olivia Herman ... special thanks
Ariel Heryanto ... special thanks
Lena Herzog ... special thanks
Eva Hildebrand ... special thanks
Annette Hill ... special thanks
Simon Hipkins ... special thanks
Marianne Hougen-Moraga ... special thanks
Adam Hyman ... special thanks
Arine Kirstein Høgel ... special thanks
May Adadol Ingawanij ... special thanks
Jesper Jack ... special thanks
Lars Johansson ... special thanks
Søren Henrik Jørgensen ... special thanks
Ulrik Bolt Jørgensen ... special thanks
Cynthia Kane ... special thanks
Claire Kessie ... special thanks
Simon Klose ... special thanks
Nikolai Lang ... special thanks
Flemming Hedegaard Larsen ... in collaboration with: DR K
Alisa Lebow ... special thanks
Nini Leick ... special thanks
Lise Lense-Møller ... special thanks
Karolina Lidin ... with the support of: Nordisk Film & TV Fond
Artur Liebhart ... in collaboration with: Against Gravity
Irene Lusztig ... special thanks
Bojana Makavejev ... special thanks
Dusan Makavejev ... special thanks
Valentin Manz ... special thanks (as Valentin von Manz)
Richard Melman ... special thanks
Janus Metz ... special thanks
Josephine Michau ... special thanks
Daniel Morgan ... special thanks
Al Morrow ... special thanks
Robb Moss ... special thanks
David Nuzum ... special thanks
Barbara Oppenheimer ... special thanks
Carol Oppenheimer ... special thanks
Joe Oppenheimer ... special thanks
Sarah Oppenheimer ... special thanks
Mikael Opstrup ... special thanks
In-soo Radstake ... special thanks
Karen Ranucci ... special thanks
Marlene Schiött Rasmussens ... special thanks
Michael Ratner ... special thanks
Gian-Piero Ringel ... special thanks
Bente Roalsvig ... with the support of: Freedom of Expression Foundation
Benoit Roland ... special thanks
John Roosa ... special thanks
Jerry Rothwell ... special thanks
Loren Ryter ... special thanks
Sanna Salmenkallio ... special thanks
Satyajit Sarkar ... special thanks
Elizabeth Schneider ... special thanks
Randi Schulz ... special thanks
Katinka I. Schyberg ... special thanks (as Katinka Schyberg)
Jess Search ... special thanks
Peter Sellars ... special thanks
Noga Shalev ... special thanks
Morton Simon ... special thanks
Samuel Simon ... special thanks
Katrin Sohns ... special thanks
Thomas Stenderup ... special thanks
Ida Byrge Sørensen ... special thanks
Per Byrge Sørensen ... special thanks
Anna Teeman ... special thanks
Rosie Thomas ... special thanks
Tore Tomter ... in collaboration with: NRK
Bjarte Mørner Tveit ... in collaboration with: Kudos Family Distribution
Iikka Vehkalahti ... in collaboration with: YLE
Estephan Wagner ... special thanks
Apichatpong Weerasethakul ... special thanks
Simon Lereng Wilmont ... special thanks
Nathalie Windhorst ... in collaboration with: VPRO
Elisabeth Wood ... special thanks
John Wyver ... special thanks
Andrea Luka Zimmerman ... special thanks (as Andrea Zimmerman)
Slavoj Zizek ... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary
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Taglines A story of killers who win, and the society they build See more »
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Also Known As
  • Az ölés aktusa (Hungary)
  • O Ato de Matar (Brazil)
  • L'atto di uccidere (Italy)
  • Scena zbrodni (Poland)
  • O Acto de Matar (Portugal)
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Runtime
  • 117 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $722,274

Did You Know?

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Trivia The co-director, as well as 48 other members of the film crew in 27 different positions, are credited as 'Anonymous' because they still fear revenge from the death-squad killers. The 41-year-old Indonesian who shared directing credit with Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn, could only wonder, 'How could these people tell these horrible stories so lightly and so proudly? You just want to challenge them right away. But you have to keep telling yourself to be patient, to let them tell the story the way they like. Because then we can learn something about the whole system of destruction.' See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Act of Killing (2014). See more »
Soundtracks Theme for the Act of Killing See more »
Crazy Credits The name "Anonymous" appears 49 times under 27 different crew positions in the credits. This was done to protect the identities of those crew members who feared retribution from the former Indonesian death squad leaders. See more »
Quotes Anwar Congo: Did the people I tortured feel the way I do here? I can feel what the people I tortured felt. Because here my dignity has been destroyed, and then fear come, right there and then. All the terror suddenly possessed my body. It surrounded me, and possessed me.
Joshua Oppenheimer: Actually, the people you tortured felt far worse, because you knew it's only a film. They knew they were being killed.
Anwar Congo: But I can feel it, Josh. Really, I feel it. Or have I sinned. I did this to so many people, Josh. Is it all coming back to me? I really hope it won't. I don't want it to, Josh.
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