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Skolimowski film competes in Venice

FNE Staff 2010-08-12

Essential Killing produced and directed by Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski has been selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice Film Festival, taking place September 1- 10, 2010. The film is an Irish/Polish/Norwegian/Hungarian co-production and was shot in Poland, Israel and Norway.

Skolimowski co-wrote the script with Ewa Piaskowska. The film was produced by Skopia Film (, which produced Four Night with Anna, in cooperation with Polish Film Institute ( and Canal + Cyfrowy (, Ireland's Element Pictures, Cylinder Productions in Norway, Hungary's Mythberg Films (, and the support of Eurimages ( HanWay Films ( 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.