Skolimowski co-wrote the script with Ewa Piaskowska. The film was produced by Skopia Film (www.skopiafilm.com), which produced Four Night with Anna, in cooperation with Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) and Canal + Cyfrowy (www.canalplus.pl), Ireland's Element Pictures, Cylinder Productions in Norway, Hungary's Mythberg Films (www.mythbergfilms.hu), and the support of Eurimages (www.coe.int/eurimages). HanWay Films (www.hanwayfilms.com) is handling international sales.
The film, starring Vincent Gallo and Emmanuelle Seigner, is a thriller about an Afghan man who is captured by Americans in Kabul and sent to a prison an unnamed European country. He escapes and is confronted with an unknown environment, surviving by killing whoever crosses his path.
Essential Killing will premiere in Venice on September 6 and is scheduled for a September 12 national premiere in Poland.