“The Look of Silence” is, unquestionably, one of 2015’s best. My friends at Cultivate Cinema Circle brought it to town for one-night only, so I hope you were there! Here is the preview I wrote for Buffalo.com.
The fall season of Cultivate Cinema, the cinephile-friendly screening series that began in June, ends with three great films over the next few weeks. The first is a 2015 release, but make no mistake, Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Look of Silence” qualifies as a modern classic. It screens at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 24 in the North Park Theatre.
This is the companion film to “The Act of Killing,” Oppenheimer’s stunning documentary that featured the actual perpetrators of the Indonesian killings of 1965–66. With shocking openness, these men — many of whom are still in power — discussed and even demonstrated how they killed.
“Art” was one of the most powerful films of the last decade, but “The Look of Silence” is even stronger. This time, Oppenheimer narrows his focus to one man’s tale: an unidentified (for safety reasons) Indonesian eye doctor who talks to the men responsible for the horrific death of his brother.
As Cultivate director Jordan Smith puts it, “Watching ‘The Look of Silence’ is to bear witness to Indonesia’s past, to internalize the struggles of living with the horrors of previous generations, and in spite of it all, facing it with heart-wrenching, unfathomable courage.”
Tickets for “The Look of Silence” are $7 at the door, or $8 presale at northparktheatre.org.
Far lighter are the final two entries in Cultivate’s fall season, a free Orson Welles double feature on Dec. 5 in the Mason O. Damon Auditorium at the Buffalo Central Library. “The Lady From Shanghai” is shown at 1 p.m., followed by “Touch of Evil” at 3 p.m.
Visit cultivatecinemacircle.com for more information.