Essential Killing Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, 2010
“Brilliantly directed and shot…Vincent Gallo puts in a superb performance.” The New York Times
In an award-winning performance (Best Actor, Venice Film Festival), Vincent Gallo (Buffalo ’66) plays Mohammed, a Taliban fighter captured by the US military in Afghanistan after a violent desert attack goes awry. While being transported to a secret detention center in Europe, the vehicle crashes and he suddenly finds himself free. But his newfound freedom quickly disappears as he is relentlessly pursued in a snow-blanketed forest by an army that does not “officially” exist.
A critically acclaimed, thinking-man’s action thriller from director Jerzy Skolimowski (The Shout), ESSENTIAL KILLING tells the story of one man’s struggle for survival, where morality has no place as he confronts the necessity to kill in order to survive.
Interview with Director Jerzy Skolimowski, presented by American Express
Winner Special Jury Prize Venice Film Festival
Winner Best Actor Venice Film Festival
Official Selection Toronto Film Festival
Official Selection London Film Festival