Essential Killing

Feature Film | PL, NW, IRL, HUN 2010 | 83' | Subtitled English

Skolimowski’s last film to date is so courageous, original, and energetic it could well be taken for a young man’s work rather than that of a 72-year-old. Vincent Gallo plays an Islamic extremist who is captured by the US Army, tortured, and then hauled off to Poland, but manages to escape during a prisoner transport. With no food in the midst of winter, he desperately tries to stay ahead of his pursuers. All of the evident political references take a backseat to his epic fight for survival – by any and all means. In the grand white open of the snow-covered Polish woods, ESSENTIAL KILLING becomes a film about what makes a person human. Fearless Vincent Gallo plays this initially nameless protagonist (who is called Mohammed, as the end credits reveal) as a man of no words with a terrifying inner drive. His performance earned him the award for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival in 2010. Skolimowski won the Special Jury Prize.

Producers
Ewa Piaskowska, Jerzy Skolimowski
Executive Producers
Andrew Lowe, Jeremy Thomas, Peter Watson
Director
Jerzy Skolimowski
Script
Jerzy Skolimowski, Ewa Piaskowska
Photography
Adam Sikora
Editors
Réka Lemhényi, Maciej Pawliński
Sound
Robert Flanagan
Music
Pawel Mykietyn
Production Design
Joanna Kaczynska
Principal Cast
Vincent Gallo, Emmanuelle Seigner, Zach Cohen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, David Price, Mark Gaspersich
Production Companies
Skopia Film/Cylinder Production/Element Pictures/Mythberg Films/Canal+ Polska/Syrena Films

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