Director Jan Komasa discusses The Act of Killing - Film academy Poland - Cinematography, filmmaking courses in Poland

One of the most acclaimed currently working young directors talked about looking for truth in filmmaking and using documentaries as inspiration. Before starting work on set, Komasa watches documentary films with his actors - focusing on the natural interactions between people.

Making a film, says Komasa, is a lot like organising a party. "You invite a lot of different people and through this you create extraordinary situations". As with a party, success depends to a large extent on who will sit next to and interact with whom.

Documentaries also taught the young director not to shy away from style and to embrace the visual. In "The Act of Killing" he also appreciates the visual kitsch providing a counter-point to the otherwise gruesome reality of the film.