Essential Killing

Essential Killing

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski Cast: Vincent Gallo, Emmanuelle Seigner

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Essential Killing

A soldier must fight for his own survival as well as the cause of his people in this powerful drama from acclaimed Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski. A pair of American security operatives (Zach Cohen and Iftach Ofir) are on patrol in Afghanistan when they stumble upon a Taliban fighter (Vincent Gallo), who kills them despite his terror and nervousness. While trying to escape, the Afghan is captured by American forces; he's tortured during interrogation, but doesn't tell the Americans anything, in part because an explosion has made it difficult for him to hear what they're saying. The Americans ship the Afghan off to a detention facility with a number of other Taliban soldiers, but upon arrival he's able to escape. However, the Afghan finds himself in a forbidding snowbound climate, and with no provisions or warm clothing he struggles to simply survive as he avoids his pursuers and struggles to find some way to get home. Shot with very little dialogue (and almost none delivered by leading man Gallo), Essential Killing received its North American premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
UPC: 0767685254479
Original Release: 2010
Source: New Video Group
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:25:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interview with director Jerry Skolimmowksi, presented by American Express

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Essential Killing
1. Boxed In [8:14]
2. Interrogation [4:38]
3. Escape [4:19]
4. Desperation [7:24]
5. The Chase [7:44]
6. The Struggle [8:47]
7. The Trees [5:35]
8. Bad Berries [8:43]
9. Food [7:22]
10. Images of Home [5:50]
11. Respite [7:50]
12. The Ride [8:17]

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