Venice Film Fest 2010: Skolimowski's thriller Essential Killing in Competition

August 9, 2010–The 2010 edition of the Venice Film Festival has added Polish director 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 finds himself transported to a nameless European country and manages to escape.

The picture which also stars Emmanuelle Seigner and is almost entirely without dialogue, is produced by Poland's Skopia Film and is being sold internationally by Jeremy Thomas' 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 regular Venice presence, having screened several of his films, starting with "Deep End" in 1970, on the Lido where he also served on the main jury in 2001.
Gallo will also be in Venice as helmer of the suicide drama "Promises Written in Water," unspooling in competition.
 
Despite this unexpected late addition, Venice will still announce its customary "surprise" competition entry on September 6.

The festival's 67th edition runs September 1-11.