Julie Delpy Defies Skeptics; Making 'The Act of Killing'
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Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer discusses how he went about making his surreal documentary film The Act of Killing. Now nominated for an Oscar, the movie shows Indonesian death squad leaders re-enact murders in elaborately staged scenes as if they were actors in a Hollywood movie.
Actress/writer/director Julie Delpy talks about the process of writing with Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater. The three co-wrote Before Midnight, the third in their trilogy, and have been nominated for an Oscar. Many assume their films are improvised, but Delpy insists they're written and that she and Hawke don't change a word once shooting starts. Delpy has been writing and directing her own films in recent years. She talks about getting financing from Europe and her reasons for living in Hollywood.
Banner image: Musical reenactment still from The Act of Killing, courtesy of Drafthouse Films
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Making 'The Act of Killing' ()
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer spent over eight years making his Oscar nominated documentary The Act of Killing. In one of the most surreal films to hit theaters in years, Indonesian death squad leaders who carried out hundreds of murders during the "Communist" purge in the 1960's re-enact their crimes as if they're acting in a Hollywood movie. Oppenheimer talks with Kim Masters about how these elaborately staged re-enactments emerged naturally from interviews with the killers who bragged about how they killed. Although Oppenheimer's film didn't get a conventional theatrical release in Indonesia, he did mount a grassroots release that's resulted in thousands of screenings and has prompted the media in that country to break a long-held silence on this tragic history.
Joshua Oppenheimer, courtesy of Drafthouse Films
Julie Delpy ()
Actress/writer/director Julie Delpy talks with The Business producer Darby Maloney. Delpy has received her second Oscar nomination, together with Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater, for writing. The three co-wrote Before Midnight, the third in their "Before" trilogy, which includes Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). Many assume these films are improvised, but Delpy insists they're written and that she and Hawke don't change a word once shooting starts. Delpy confesses that for years she wanted to be a writer but many discouraged her -- including Sam Shepard. It was her work on Before Sunrise that restored her confidence. Now she's been writing and directing her own films. Delpy talks about getting financing from Europe for those movies and her reasons for living in Hollywood.
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke on the set of Before Midnight
Photo by Despina Spyrou, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
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