Gallo is hunted man in Essential Killing - Venice 2010 – Competition / Poland

Article published on Sept. 8, 2010
Article published on Sept. 8, 2010
There is not a moment of respite for viewers in Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski’s 83-minute-long political thriller Essential Killing, full of blood and wild nature. Presented in competition at the Venice Mostra, it is a full-on indictment of imperialism, military violence and religious wars.

Vincent Gallo plays a presumed Afghan terrorist hunted down by the US Special Forces after his escape from a secret detention centre in Northern Europe. Forced to cross remote regions in the middle of winter, starving and frightened, the man becomes a ruthless killing machine, an elusive prey-predator in a tense man-hunt.

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