Essential Killing

Essential Killing
Director: Jerzy Skolimowski

Poland, Norway, Ireland, Hungary, Thriller, 2010, 83 min
Captured by the US military in Afghanistan, Mohammed (Vincent Gallo) is transported to a secret detention centre in Europe. When the vehicle he is travelling in crashes, he finds himself suddenly free and on the run in a snow-blanketed forest, a world away from the desert home he knew. Mohammed must confront the necessity of killing in order to survive.


2010 – Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival (Italy).
2010 – Best Actor award for Vincent Gallo at the Venice Film Festival (Italy).
2011 – Best feature film, Best directing, Best cinematography, Best editing and Best music awards at the 36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia (Poland).

About the director:

The well-known director, screenwriter, dramatist and actor Jerzy Skolimowski was born in 1938, in Poland. A graduate of the prestigious National Film School in Łodź, he has directed more than twenty films since his 1960 debut “The Menacing Eye” (Oko wykol), including the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear winner “The Departure” (Le départ, 1967) and Cannes Grand Prix winner “The Shout” (1982). He lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years where he painted in a figurative, expressionist mode and acted occasionally in films. More recently, he returned to Poland, where he directed “Four Nights with Anna” (Cztery noce z Anną) in 2008. The film won the Grand Prix de Jury at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Jerzy Skolimowski, Ewa Piaskowska

Dir. of Photography: Adam Sikora

Music: Pawel Mykietyn

Cast: Vincent Gallo, Emmanuelle Seigner, Zach Cohen, Iftach Ofir, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Stig Frode Henriksen, David Price, Tracy Spencer Shipp, Klaudia Kaca, Dariusz Juzyszyn