Essential Killing is the latest film by Polish film director, artist, writer, actor and all-round polymath Jerzy Skolimowski. That's the simple part. With over twenty films under his belt since his debut The Menacing Eye in 1960, Essential Killing is his second film in nineteen years, a period when he stepped back from filmmaking to focus on painting.
This film stars Vincent Gallo as a man who has been captured in the desert and transported by a military force to an unspecified European country. He manages to escape but is made to survive in extreme circumstances. It's not going to be easy watching, but then nothing with Vincent Gallo is. His role is silent, he is forced in the film to eat from an anthill and spends most of the movie running barefoot through wintry mountains and forests at temperatures below freezing.
And the result? A magnificent film; one that scooped the Special Jury Prize, Best Actor and CinemAwenire Awawrd for Best Film in Competition at the Venice Film Festival, and the coming together of two of the most focussed men in contemporary cinema.
Essential Killing is in cinemas from Friday 01 April.