You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Venice adds Skolimowski’s ‘Killing’

Vincent Gallo toplines as Taliban insurgent

The Venice Film Festival has added Polish helmer Jerzy Skolimowski’s provocative thriller “Essential Killing,” starring Vincent Gallo as a Taliban insurgent, to its competition roster.

“Essential” is the tale of an Afghan man captured by American forces in Kabul, who manages to escape after he is transported to a nameless European country.

Pic, which also stars Emmanuelle Seigner and is almost entirely without dialogue, is produced by Poland’s Skopia Film and is being sold internationally by HanWay Films.

In a statement, Venice praised Skolimowski’s latest work, which will be finished just in time for the fest, as confirming “the excellent form of the enfant terrible of New Eastern European Film.”

Skolimowski is a Venice aficionado who has had several films screened on the Lido, starting with “Deep End” in 1970. He served on the main jury in 2001.

Gallo will also be in Venice as helmer of suicide drama “Promises Written in Water,” unspooling in competish.

A fest spokesman said Venice will announce its customary “surprise” competition entry on Sept. 6.

The fest’s 67th edition will run Sept. 1-11.

More Film

  • 'Blue Night' Review

    Tribeca Film Review: 'Blue Night'

    The Venice Film Festival has added Polish helmer Jerzy Skolimowski’s provocative thriller “Essential Killing,” starring Vincent Gallo as a Taliban insurgent, to its competition roster. “Essential” is the tale of an Afghan man captured by American forces in Kabul, who manages to escape after he is transported to a nameless European country. Pic, which also […]

  • Cannes: Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' Sells Widely

    Cannes: Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' Sells Widely Prior to Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

    The Venice Film Festival has added Polish helmer Jerzy Skolimowski’s provocative thriller “Essential Killing,” starring Vincent Gallo as a Taliban insurgent, to its competition roster. “Essential” is the tale of an Afghan man captured by American forces in Kabul, who manages to escape after he is transported to a nameless European country. Pic, which also […]

  • 'Corbin Nash' Review: Wannabe Vampire Franchise

    Film Review: 'Corbin Nash'

    The Venice Film Festival has added Polish helmer Jerzy Skolimowski’s provocative thriller “Essential Killing,” starring Vincent Gallo as a Taliban insurgent, to its competition roster. “Essential” is the tale of an Afghan man captured by American forces in Kabul, who manages to escape after he is transported to a nameless European country. Pic, which also […]

  • 'Super Troopers 2' Box Office Tops

    Box Office: 'Super Troopers 2' Tops Amy Schumer's 'I Feel Pretty' on Thursday Night

    The Venice Film Festival has added Polish helmer Jerzy Skolimowski’s provocative thriller “Essential Killing,” starring Vincent Gallo as a Taliban insurgent, to its competition roster. “Essential” is the tale of an Afghan man captured by American forces in Kabul, who manages to escape after he is transported to a nameless European country. Pic, which also […]

  • Omar Epps stars in TraffikPhoto: Scott

    Film Review: 'Traffik'

    The Venice Film Festival has added Polish helmer Jerzy Skolimowski’s provocative thriller “Essential Killing,” starring Vincent Gallo as a Taliban insurgent, to its competition roster. “Essential” is the tale of an Afghan man captured by American forces in Kabul, who manages to escape after he is transported to a nameless European country. Pic, which also […]

  • Selina Lo, Michelle Yeoh Join Cast

    Selina Lo, Michelle Yeoh Join Cast of ‘Boss Level’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    The Venice Film Festival has added Polish helmer Jerzy Skolimowski’s provocative thriller “Essential Killing,” starring Vincent Gallo as a Taliban insurgent, to its competition roster. “Essential” is the tale of an Afghan man captured by American forces in Kabul, who manages to escape after he is transported to a nameless European country. Pic, which also […]

  • cinedigm

    Cinedigm Signs Six Chinese Partnerships at Beijing Film Festival

    The Venice Film Festival has added Polish helmer Jerzy Skolimowski’s provocative thriller “Essential Killing,” starring Vincent Gallo as a Taliban insurgent, to its competition roster. “Essential” is the tale of an Afghan man captured by American forces in Kabul, who manages to escape after he is transported to a nameless European country. Pic, which also […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content