Skolimowski's 'Killing' added to Venice comp

Is the 22nd film in Venice's in-competition lineup

LOCARNO, Switzerland -- "Essential Killing," a thriller from Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, will be added to the competition lineup at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organizers said Monday.

The festival said it had its eye on the provocative film for some time. But it was not clear if it would be finished in time to screen during the Sept. 1-11 event. It will be, and it will be the 22nd film in Venice's in-competition lineup. (A 23rd film is expected to be added during the festival itself.)

The film tells the story of an Afghan man, played by Vincent Gallo, who is captured by U.S. forces in Kabul and transported to a nameless European country, where he manages to escape. The film is nearly devoid of dialogue.

French actress Emmanuelle Seigner is also in the case.

This appearance in Venice will be the seventh time -- five as a director, two as an actor -- one of Skolimowski's films screened on the Lido over a 40-year span.
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