Venice victory for “The Look of Silence”

The Look of Silence (pictured), Joshua Oppenheimer's follow-up doc to The Act of Killing, has won the Grand Jury Prize at the 71st Venice Film Festival.
September 6, 2014

The Look of Silence (pictured), Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up doc to The Act of Killing, has won the Grand Jury Prize at the 71st Venice Film Festival.

The film was honored with the prize at a ceremony in Italy today (September 6). In addition to the Grand Jury Prize, the doc also picked up the International Film Critics Prize (FIPRESCI), the European Critics Prize (FEDEORA), the Online Critics Prize (Golden Mouse), and the Human Rights Nights Prize.

After world premiering in Venice on August 27, the doc had its North American premiere at Telluride over Labor Day weekend, and continues its festival run with a Canadian premiere at TIFF in Toronto on Tuesday (September 9).

After examining Indonesian genocide from the perpetrator’s point of view in Killing, Oppenheimer uses Silence to examine the legacy of those murders from the victim’s point of view, following one man on his search for the truth as he confronts his brother’s killers.

The news comes with Drafthouse Films and Participant Media having acquired all U.S. rights for the film, and Dogwoof having picked up UK rights.

In related Venice Film Festival awards news, veteran documentarian Frederick Wiseman was honored with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, as previously reported.

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