Essential Killing

Essential Killing

Screenplay:  Jerzy Skolimowski, Ewa Piaskowska

Cinematography: Adam Sikora

Editing:  Réka Lemhényi

Music: Pawel Mykietyn

Costumes: Anne Hamre

Cast: Vincent Gallo (Mohammed), Emmanuelle Seigner (Margaret), Zach Cohen (American Contractor 1), Iftach Ophir (American Contractor 2), Nicolai Cleve Broch (Helicopter Pilot 1), Stig Frode Henriksen (Helicopter Pilot 2), David L. Price (Interrogation Officer (as David Price), Tracy Spencer Shipp (Young Soldier in Suv), Mark Gasperich (Head of Pursuit Team), Phillip Goss (Military Doctor), Klaudia Kaca (Woman on a Bicycle), Dariusz Juzyszyn (Logger), Raymond Josey (American Soldier), Robert Mazurkiewicz (Hunter), Janusz Wojtarowicz (Margaret's Husband)

Producer: Eva Piaskowska, Jerzy Skolimowski, Ingrid Lill Hogtun

Production: Skopia Film, Cylinder Productions, Element Pictures, Mythberg Films, Syrena Films

Distribution: Artificial Eye, Surreal Distribution, Cinéart, Filmes Lusomundo

Sales agent: HanWay Films


Captured by the US military in Afghanistan, Mohammed is transported to a secret detention centre in Europe. When the vehicle he is travelling in crashes, he finds himself suddenly free and on the run in a snow-blanketed forest, a world away from the desert home he knew. Relentlessly pursued by an army that does not officially exist, Mohammed must confront the necessity to kill in order to survive.

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