Essential Killing Fri 22 — Thu 28 April • Gwe 22 — Iau 28 Ebrill Poland/2010/83mins/subtitled/15. Dir: Jerzy Skolimowski. With Vincent Gallo, Emmanuelle Seigner, David L Price.
Captured by the US military in Afghanistan as a member of the Taliban after killing three American soldiers, Mohammed is transported to a secret detention centre in Europe. When the vehicle he is riding in crashes, he finds himself 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. In this visually stunning and often challenging film, Jerzy Skolimowski explores notions of human endurance and ideology while at times eschewing the need for realism and traditional narrative.
“never less than stunning” Screen International Double CL1C card points