“Act of Killing” picks up two prizes in Berlin

Joshua Oppenheimer's surreal look at mass killings during Indonesia's 1965 military coup won an audience award and Ecumenical Jury prize during the 63rd annual Berlin International Film Festival.
February 19, 2013

Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary The Act of Killing has won two prizes at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.

The film, which has screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and CPH:DOX, picked up the Panorama Audience Award for documentary as well as a prize from the Ecumenical Jury.

The doc follows a group of Indonesian gangsters and death squad leadersĀ as they produce a surreal fantasy film about widespread killings committed during a 1965 military coup. It will get a theatrical run in the U.S. later in the year through Drafthouse Films.

Runners up for the Panorama Audience Award in the documentary category were Kim Longinotto’s Salma and Mahdi Fleifel’s A World Not Ours, which won this year’s Peace Film Prize.

In the Teddy Award category, which honors queer-themed films, director Sebastien Lifshiz’s Bambi won the documentary prize. The film recounts the life of 77-year-old Algerian-born trans woman Marie-Pierre Pruvot, a former Parisian burlesque dancer.

The 10-day event wrapped up on February 17.

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