EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed Joshua Oppenheimer, who burst on the scene as a major documentary directing voice for The Act Of Killing. The provocative and shocking docu featured interviews with members of death squads responsible for the mass killings of close to a million people during a military coup in Indonesia during the 1960s. Nominated for an Oscar and winner of the BAFTA and over 70 international awards, Oppenheimer got these architects of genocide to reenact their horrific deeds as musical numbers or in whatever film genre they wanted.
UTA is the first agency to rep Oppenheimer, a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. The film was released theatrically in 30 countries and screened in countless film festivals including Telluride, Toronto, and Berlin. Oppenheimer’s companion film, The Look of Silence, goes back to the scene of these crimes to follow the family of one of the victims confronting the killers 50 years later. The film premiered in competition at Venice where it nabbed several awards including the Grand Jury Prize. Drafthouse Films released The Act of Killing and with Participant Media will release The Look of Silence theatrically in 2015.
Oppenheimer was born and raised in the US, and now lives in Copenhagen, where he is a partner at the production company Final Cut for Real. Oppenheimer also serves as an artistic director for the International Centre for Documentary and Experimental Film at the University of Westminster.