The Sarajevo Film Festival said its Tribute To program this year will be dedicated to Joshua Oppenheimer, a Texas-born director living in Denmark. Oppenheimer is known for his films The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence, which will screened within the Dealing with the Past program. The director is expected to arrive for the festival, which will be held August 11-18.
Born in 1974, two-time Oscar nominee’s debut feature film, The Act of Killing (2014 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary), was named Film of the Year in the 2013 by the Guardian and the Sight and Sound Film Poll, and won 72 international awards, including a European Film Award, a BAFTA, an Asia Pacific Screen Award, a Berlinale Audience Award, and the Guardian Film Award for Best Film.
His second film, The Look of Silence (2016 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary), premiered at the 71st Venice Film Festival, where it won five awards, including the Grand Jury Prize, the international critics award (Prix FIPRESCI) and the European film critics award (FEDEORA Prize). Since then, the film received 72 international awards, including an Independent Spirit Award, an IDA Award for Best Documentary, a Gotham Award for Best Documentary, and three Cinema Eye Honors, including Best Film and Best Director.