‘Act of Killing’ Editor Niels Pagh Andersen on Creating ‘Order in Chaos’ in the Editing Room

Over the course of a celebrated 40-year career, veteran Danish editor Niels Pagh Andersen has worked on critically acclaimed films including Pirjo Honkasalo’s “The 3 Rooms of Melancholia” and Joshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated “The Act of Killing” and “The Look of Silence.”One of the key takeaways from those collaborations, which he explores in his new book “Order in Chaos: Storytelling and Editing in Documentary Film,” is the importance of the creative synergy that forms between an editor and a filmmaker.“The artistic vision is the director’s responsibility.

But with the [editing] process, there I feel it’s also my responsibility that we get the best out of the two of us,” Andersen tells Variety.

“If you can have the creative dialogue, then you create something that is bigger than the individual.”In “Order in Chaos,” which was launched last week at IDFA, Andersen offers readers a look into the

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