Dogwoof nabs UK rights to “The Act of Killing”

The British distributor will release director Joshua Oppenheimer's critical favorite The Act of Killing (pictured) in UK cinemas this summer.
March 26, 2013

British distributor Dogwoof has picked up all UK rights to director Joshua Oppenheimer’s critical favorite The Act of Killing (pictured) and is planning a summer theatrical release.

The documentary follows a group of self-professed mass murderers in Indonesia as they recreate their atrocities in the form of a surreal narrative feature film set in the period following a 1965 military coup. It was executive produced by veteran docmakers Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and André Singer.

Dogwoof is planning a “robust” marketing campaign and community engagement program ahead of the release.

“The Act of Killing is quickly establishing word-of-mouth as one of the must-see films of the year,”¬†Dogwoof’s head of distribution Oli Harbottle said in a statement. “It is surely one of the most provocative and important documentaries of recent years, and we are honored to add the film to the Dogwoof catalog.”

The Act of Killing has screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and CPH:DOX, and won two prizes at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival in February. Drafthouse Films secured the American distribution rights to the film last year and is planning a 30-market theatrical release and awards campaign.

Read realscreen‘s interview with Oppenheimer about the making of the doc here.

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