Jerzy Skolimowski provokes again. He combines varies opposites in the story of Mohammad – an Afghan prisoner who escapes while being transported to a secret CIA prison in Eastern Europe. Essential Killing elevates an individual’s perspective over big politics; the beautiful landscape becomes an arena for a brutal fight for survival, and violent emotions are shown in a distant way. Skolimowski stands on the sidelines and does not suggest any interpretation. He wishes to leave the audience one-on-one with the protagonist. Mohammed is ruthless; he kills random people who stand in his way. He knows perfectly that only this attitude can ensure his survival. With this uncomfortable truth Essential Killing confuses, fascinates and frightens at every turn.
Venice IFF 2010 – Special Jury Award, Best Actor; Mar Del Plata IFF 2010 – Best Film; Gdynia Polish FF 2011 – Best Film
Born in 1938 in Lodz, is one of the most important figures of Polish cinema. Director of more than 20 movies since the beginning of the 60's, he have created many masterpices of history, in Poland (Identification Marks: None, Walkover, Barrier), in Belgium (Le départ), in the United-Kingdom (Deep End, Moonlighting) and in the United-States (Lightship). His movie Four Nights with Anna, shot in Poland in 2008, marked the return of a cinema master.
1964 Rysopis / Identification Marks: None
1965 Walkower / Walkover
1966 Bariera / Barrier
1967 Ręce do góry / Hands Up
1967 Start / Le départ
1970 Na samym dnie / Deep End
1982 Fucha / Moonlighting
1985 Latarniowiec / Lightship
1991 Ferdydurke / 30 Door Key
2008 Cztery noce z Anną / Four Nights with Anna
2010 Essential Killing