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by Jerzy Skolimowski


Captured by the US military in Afghanistan, Mohammed 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. Relentlessly pursued by an army that does not officially exist, Mohammed must confront the necessity to kill in order to survive.

international title: Essential Killing
original title: Essential Killing
country: Poland, Norway, Ireland, Hungary
sales agent: HanWay Films
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Jerzy Skolimowski
film run: 83'
release date: PL 15/09/2010, NO 25/02/2011, GB 01/04/2011, FR 06/04/2011, BE 08/06/2011, GR 16/06/2011, PT 16/06/2011, NL 08/09/2011
screenplay: Jerzy Skolimowski, Ewa Piaskowska, James McManus
cast: Vincent Gallo, Emmanuelle Seigner, Stig Frode Henriksen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, David L. Price, Torgrim Ødegård, Varg Strande, Phillip Goss
cinematography by: Adam Sikora
costumes designer: Anne Hamre
producer: Eva Piaskowska, Jerzy Skolimowski, Ingrid Lill Hogtun
production: Skopia Film, Cylinder Productions, Element Pictures, Mythberg Films, Syrena Films
distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye, Surreal Distribution, Cinéart, Nos Lusomundo Audiovisuais, Cinéart Netherlands B.V.


main awards/selection

Biennale di Venezia 2010 In competition
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor
BFI London Film Festival 2010 

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