The 67th Venice International Film Festival has added one more film to its competition lineup. “Essential Killing,” the new film by Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, “will be finished just in time” for the festival, Venice said in a press release earlier today. The news seems to officially kill any speculation that Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” would somehow make the lineup, though there is still likely to be a “surprise entry” into the festival’s lineup mid-way through the September 1-11 event.
Starring Vincent Gallo (who also directed competition entry “Promises Written in Water,” making him a considerable presence at this years’ fest) and Emmanuelle Seigner, “Killing” is described as a thriller almost entirely without dialogue. It tells the story of an Afghan man, captured by American forces in Kabul, who finds himself transported to a nameless European country.
“He manages to escape into the vast frozen woodland, a world away from the desert home he knew,” the festival describes. “Forced into extreme survival mode, he must kill anyone who strays into his path.”
The script was written by Skolimowski and Ewa Piaskowska, and produced by Skopia Film. Essential Killing is a Polish/Irish/Norwegian/Hungarian co-production, with the involvement of the Polish Film Institute and Canal + Cyfrowy, Ireland’s Element Pictures, Cylinder Productions in Norway, Hungary’s Mythberg Films, and the support of Eurimages. HanWay Films is handling international sales.
For the rest of Venice’s lineup, click here. Check out the trailer for “Essential Killing” below: