The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer (DK, 2014)

The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer, DK/NO/FI/ID/GB, 2014)

"The Look of Silence" is Joshua Oppenheimer's powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated "The Act of Killing". Through Oppenheimer's footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.


Basic information

Danish titleThe Look of Silence
Director of PhotographyLars Skree
Danish theatrical release13.11.2014
Production countryDenmark/Norway/Finland/Indonesia/United Kingdom
Duration99 min.
Production companyFinal Cut for Real ApS
With support fromDet Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Camera Film
International saleCinephil - Philippa Kowarsky Production Ltd. / Levontin Street 18 / 65112 Tel Aviv / Israel / t +972 3566 4129 / f +972 3560 1436 / /
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Additional information

Danish ratingAllowed for children over the age of 15

Full credits

Maria KristensenProduction manager
Heidi Elise ChristensenAssociate producer
Torstein GrudeCo-producer
Kaarle AhoCo-producer
Werner HerzogExecutive producer
Errol MorrisExecutive producer
André SingerExecutive producer
Ömer SamiProduction assistant
Lars SkreeCinematographer
Lars SkreeStills
Mariko MontpetitAssistant editor
Henrik Gugge GarnovSound design
Visual effects
Tom Christer LilletvedtVisual effects
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Cinema Eye Honors outstanding nonfiction feature 2016 Cinema Eye Honors New York, Cinema Eye 2016 2016
Cinema Eye Honors Best Direction 2016 Cinema Eye Honors New York, Cinema Eye 2016 2016
Cinema Eye Honors outstanding production 2016 Cinema Eye Honors New York, Cinema Eye 2016 2016
Nomination. Best Feature Documentary 2016 Los Angeles, Oscar Academy 2016
Best Documentary Award 2016 Los Angeles Independent Spirit Awards 2016
Audience Award 2015 Angers Premiers Plans 2015
Special Jury Mention 2015 Angers Premiers Plans 2015
Don Quixote Award 2015 Tromsø International Film Festival 2015
Best Nordic Documentary Film 2015 Göteborg International Film Festival 2015
Peace Film Prize 2015 Berlinale 2015
Best Film 2015 Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2015
Best Documentary Award 2015 Sofia International Film Festival 2015
Audience Award 2015 Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 2015
Audience Choice Award 2015 Madrid, Documenta Madrid 2015
Special Jury Mention 2015 Docsbarcelona 2015
Audience Award 2015 Docsbarcelona 2015
Amnesty Catalunya Award 2015 Docsbarcelona 2015
Best International Documentary 2015 Yangon, Human Rights Film Festival 2015
Audience Award - Best Film, Festival Favorites 2015 Austin, SXSW Film Festival 2015
True Life Fund Recipient 2015 Columbia, True/False Film Festival 2015
Best Documentary Award 2015 Victoria Film Festival 2015
Best Documentary Award 2015 Vilnius International Film Festival 2015
Best Documentary Award 2015 Calgary, Calgary Underground film festival 2015
Nomination. Best Feature Documentary 2015 Brisbane, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2015
Nomination. Best Feature Documentary 2015 Torun, Camerimage 2015
Best Documentary 2015 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2015
Grand Jury Prize 2014 Venice International Film Festival 2014
Special Mention 2014 Zürich Film Festival 2014
Best World Documentary (Cinephile Prize) 2014 Busan International Film Festival 2014
Best Documentary Award 2014 Denver International Film Festival 2014
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Cevennes International Documentary Film Festival 29-04-2016
Colorado, ACT Human Rights Film Festival 15-04-2016
Botswana 9th Annual Human Rights Film Festival 30-03-2016
Paris, Festival L'Europe autour de l'Europe 16-03-2016
Cambridge, DocYard 07-03-2016
Los Angeles, Oscar Academy 28-02-2016
Los Angeles Independent Spirit Awards 27-02-2016
Mumbai Int. Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films 28-01-2016
Cinema Eye Honors 10-01-2016
Berlin European Film Academy Awards 12-12-2015
Brisbane, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 26-11-2015
Bratislava, One World International Film Festival 26-11-2015
Nairobi Film Festival 16-11-2015
Torun, Camerimage 14-11-2015
Montreal, Rencontres Int. du Documentaire 12-11-2015
Lagos, Africa International Film Festival 08-11-2015
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 04-11-2015
London, Film Africa 30-10-2015
Lusaka EU FF 30-10-2015
Ottawa, One World Film Festival 24-10-2015
Vienna Film Festival, Viennale 22-10-2015
Bruxelles, Festival des libertes 22-10-2015
Vilnius, One World Film Festival 15-10-2015
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 09-10-2015
Guth Gafa 02-10-2015
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 01-10-2015
Message to Man 19-09-2015
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 18-09-2015
Edinburgh, Take One Action Film Festival 16-09-2015
Guyana, Human Rights Film Festival 01-09-2015
Uhuru Productions Cape Town, Tri Continental Film Festival 19-08-2015
Sarajevo Film Festival 14-08-2015
Dokufest Prizren 08-08-2015
Melbourne Film Festival 30-07-2015
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 16-07-2015
Durban International Film Festival 16-07-2015
Burkina Faso, Cine Droit Libre 28-06-2015
Moscow Int. Film Festival 19-06-2015
Yangon, Human Rights Film Festival 15-06-2015
Addis International Film Festival 12-06-2015
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 04-06-2015
Sydney Film Festival 03-06-2015
Transilvania International Film Festival 29-05-2015
Warszawa, Against Gravity 09-05-2015
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 06-05-2015
Madrid, Documenta Madrid 30-04-2015
Bucharest International Film Festival 20-04-2015
Beijing International Film Festival 16-04-2015
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 15-04-2015
Budapest Titanic International Film Festival 10-04-2015
Hong Kong International Film Festival 23-03-2015
Kiev, Docudays UA International Human Rights Film Festival 20-03-2015
Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 20-03-2015
Vilnius International Film Festival 19-03-2015
Austin, SXSW Film Festival 13-03-2015
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 13-03-2015
Sofia International Film Festival 05-03-2015
Columbia, True/False Film Festival 05-03-2015
Tempo Dokumentärfestival 02-03-2015
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 02-03-2015
Trondheim Kosmorama International Film Festival 02-03-2015
Luxembourg City Film Festival 28-02-2015
ZagrebDox 23-02-2015
Geneve, Forum on Human Rights 17-02-2015
Oslo, Human Rights - Human Wrongs 10-02-2015
Berlinale 05-02-2015
Göteborg International Film Festival 23-01-2015
Angers Premiers Plans 16-01-2015
Tromsø International Film Festival 12-01-2015
Riga, Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries 04-12-2014
Tbilisi International Film Festival 01-12-2014
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 30-11-2014
Goa - Int. Film Festival of India 20-11-2014
Amsterdam, IDFA 19-11-2014
CPH:DOX 06-11-2014
Abu Dhabi Middle East International FF 23-10-2014
La Roche-sur-Yon Film Festival 15-10-2014
Busan International Film Festival 02-10-2014
New York Film Festival 27-09-2014
Zürich Film Festival 25-09-2014
Helsinki Film Festival 18-09-2014
Toronto International Film Festival 04-09-2014
Telluride Film Festival 29-08-2014
Venice International Film Festival 27-08-2014
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Registration of festival participation and awards

The Danish Film Institute registers international festival participation and awards for Danish films, though primarily for films whose festival distribution is handled by the Danish Film Institute, and primarily in connection with festivals prioritised by the Danish Film Institute. Festival participation and awards regarding Danish films that are not handled through the Danish Film Institute's festival distribution will only be registered in connection with "launch" festivals, according to the Danish Film Institute's list of priority festivals. See the list of priority festivals.

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The Look of Silence. Still 2. Adi and Amir Siahaan. Photo by Lars Skree Photo: The Look of Silence. Photo by Lars Skree
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Reviews and articles

Varia (Ekstra Bladet - Kastrup, 27 February 2016)

Varia (BT - Skaaning Andersen, 17 January 2016)

Varia (Politiken, 16 January 2016)

Varia (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Enggaard, 15 January 2016)

Varia (Berlingske Tidende - Carstensen, 15 January 2016)

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Varia (Politiken - Skotte Christensen, 15 January 2016)

Varia (Politiken - Skotte Christensen, 15 January 2016)

Varia (Ekstra Bladet - Sjørvad, 15 January 2016)

Artikel (Politiken - Bo, 28 October 2015)

Anmeldelse (Weekendavisen - Green Jensen, 14 November 2014)

Artikel (Børsen - Durr, 14 November 2014)

Anmeldelse (Berlingske Tidende - Sauntved, 13 November 2014)

Anmeldelse (Ekstra Bladet - Ørsted, 13 November 2014)

Anmeldelse (Information - Monggaard, 13 November 2014)

Anmeldelse (Kristeligt Dagblad - Hermansen, 13 November 2014)

Anmeldelse (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Frank Rasmussen, 13 November 2014)

Anmeldelse (Politiken - Hygum Sørensen, 11 November 2014)

Interview (Politiken - Bo, 6 November 2014)

Artikel (Berlingske Tidende - Lindberg, 18 September 2014)

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