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Drafthouse nabs U.S. rights for “Act of Killing”

Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain, has picked up U.S. rights to Joshua Oppenheimer's controversial TIFF hit The Act of Killing (pictured).
October 31, 2012

Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain, has picked up U.S. rights to Joshua Oppenheimer’s controversial TIFF hit The Act of Killing (pictured).

A 30-market theatrical release and awards campaign is planned for next year. With the submissions deadline for next year’s Oscars – which take place March 7 – having past, and the awards landscape already crowded, Drafthouse said it would position the film to play in 2013 for consideration for the 2014 Academy Awards.

The doc, which has backing from exec producers Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, challenges former Indonesian death squad leaders to reenact their real-life mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

The Act of Killing is a landmark acquisition for us,” said Drafthouse Films CEO Tim League in a statement. “No other film at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival made a comparable residual impression.

“It is an honor to work with Joshua Oppenheimer and his team to introduce such an important, groundbreaking film to audiences around the country.”

Cinephil has international rights to The Act of Killing, and the deal was negotiated by Tim League, James Emanuel Shapiro and Evan Husney on behalf of Drafthouse Films, and Cinephil MD Philippa Kowarsky on behalf of the film’s producers.

In an extensive interview with realscreen published yesterday (October 30), Oppenheimer described the film as “an observational documentary of the imagination,” adding that he wanted to take the subjects of the film and “let them play themselves and be exactly what they want to be and see what cracks and fissures in their own identity emerge.”

Check out the full interview here.

And check out the trailer for the film below:

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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