Essential Killing

2010, 83 min.

Essential Killing (2010)

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Gdynia Polish Film Festival
Golden Lion, Best Director Award for Jerzy Skolimowski,
Best Cinematography Award for Adam Sikora,
Best Music Award for Pawel Mykietyn,
Best Editing Award for Reka Lemhenyi & Maciej Pawlicki

Polish Eagle Award 2011
Best Film, Best Director for Jerzy Skolimowski,
Best Music for Pawel Mykietyn,
Best Editing for Reka Lemhenyi

Mar del Plata International Film Festival
Golden Astor Award for Best Film
Silver Astor Award for Best Actor for Vincent Gallo

Venice International Film Festival
Special Jury Prize and Best Actor Award for Vincent Gallo


Director Jerzy Skolimowski
Screenplay Jerzy Skolimowski, Ewa Piaskowska
Cinematography Adam Sikora
Music Pawel Mykietyn
Art Director Joanna Kaczynska
Producers Jerzy Skolimowski, Ewa Piaskowska


Mohammed Vincent Gallo
Margaret Emmanuelle Seigner
Helicopter Pilot Stig Frode Henriksen
Interrogation Officer David L. Price
Contractor Zach Cohen
Logger Dariusz Juzyszyn
Hunter Robert Mazurkiewicz


A Taliban member who lives in Afghanistan is taken captive by the Americans after killing three American soldiers. He is transferred to Europe for interrogation but manages to escape from his captors and becomes an escaped convict on a continent he does not know.