Essential Killing

Essential Killing

The film follows the story of Mohammed, who is captured by the US military in Afghanistan and transported to a secret military black site. When the army convoy he is riding in plummets off a steep hill, Mohammed finds himself suddenly free and on the run behind enemy lines. A hostile, snow-blanketed forest, gradually reveals to be somewhere in the wilds of Eastern Europe. Relentlessly pursued by the military, Mohammed must constantly confront the need to kill in order to survive.


Venezia 67 - Special Jury Prize

Venezia 67 - Coppa Volpi for Best Actor for Vincent Gallo (2010)

Official Selections

Toronto International Film Festival (2010)

Venice Film Festival (2010)


Production Company:

  • Element Pictures
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Irish Distributor:

  • Element Pictures Distribution (Ireland)

Sales Agent:

  • HanWay Films
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