Kills on Wheels is Hungary’s candidate for the Oscar
by Fabien Lemercier
- The second feature by Attila Till, which was a hit at Karlovy Vary, will represent Hungary in the race for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film
Popular at the 51st Karlovy Vary Film Festival, as the opening film of the East of the West section, Kills on Wheels [+see also:
film profile] by Attila Till will represent Hungary in the race for the upcoming Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film (which will be handed out on 26 February after the shortlisting of the final nominees on 24 January).
Having turned heads with his feature debut, Panic (which snagged the Best Actress Award and the Internet Audience Award at the 2008 Hungarian Film Week), as well as with his short film Beast (selected for the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2011 and nominated for the European Film Award in 2012), for his sophomore effort, Till assembled a cast including Szabolcs Thuroczy, Zoltan Fenyvesi, Adam Fekete, Dr Dusan Vitanovics, Lidia Danis and Monika Balsai. Written by the director himself, the story revolves around a 20-year-old man in a wheelchair who teams up with a couple of friends (a disabled man and a former fireman) to offer the mafia their services as hitmen. However, springing into action proves to be a little more complicated than they had thought.
Produced by Judit Stalter (a European Film Promotion Producer on the Move in 2012) for Laokoon Cinema (which also co-produced Attila Till’s feature debut), Kills on Wheels was supported by the Hungarian Film Fund (which is also in charge of the international sales) and A-Company Hungary (which brought the film out in Hungarian theatres on 28 April). Interestingly, the film is also on the list of the 50 titles chosen for the upcoming European Film Awards.
(Translated from French)