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Essential Killing, director Jerzy Skolimowski

3 Responses to “Essential Killing, director Jerzy Skolimowski”

  1. Sarah Melsom says:

    Sounds like an interesting film. Mr Skolimowski seems kind and thoughtful. I heard from many friends Vincent Gallo’s performance is spectacular. The interviewer mentions Vincent Gallo as difficult to work with and yet i have never heard a single filmmaker mention Gallo as difficult. Francis Ford Coppola mentions how much he love Gallo and how funny he was. I think for Gallo the negative response to his website humor (which i think is super funny and smart) gets confused with his working habits and real person. I met him once and found him extremely attractive, funny and kind.

  2. movieman says:

    It’s been a long time since the days of “Moonlighting,” “The Shout” and “Deep End,” but I’m willing to give Skolimowski the benefit of the doubt.
    And I’m still hoping to someday see “Four Nights of Anna” from 2009 which is supposed to be terrific.
    Does “Essential” have a distributer (or U.S. release date) yet? It’s one of the year-end screeners I still haven’t gotten around to watching.

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Kyle Buchanan: I think the deal with a lot of white, male critics is there’s a very empirical way that they write that they write their movie reviews that always puzzled me. Movies are such subjective things. Back in the day, I used to be the film critic for The Advocate, and it was really striking to me when I would go into screening rooms and I was by far the youngest. They were filled with old white men. And when you watch a film like Black Snake Moan, that’s playing with a whole lot of gender and race issues, I was like, Are like 70-year-old white men like really the sole voices that I want to hear on this movie? It just didn’t feel right.

Jen Yamato I’ve been very pleasantly surprised to see the receptions Moonlight has gotten. But one of the films that I was disappointed to see not get more traction was American Honey. I distinctly remember sitting in a screening room full of mostly older white guys and thinking during the film, How are any of them going to relate to this movie?

~ Taking On The “Old White Guys”

“I was frustrated, a bit angry even. There should be no need for winning in the arts. Awards condition people into thinking that art is a competition, that good cinema is prize-winning … that a filmmaker must win an award or two to be considered finance-worthy. It enables the slow death of many and lack of support for most. My films do not ask to be liked. In fact, my films actively seek to be disliked. It seems that I have failed at this goal. What does it mean to be political in the time of Trump… in the country of Duterte? I dedicate the film to all the outsiders of the world: kids, midgets, freaks, paralytics, prostitutes, scoundrels. These are my people. I make outsider films that talk about the pain and joy of not belonging, of always being on the outside peering in.”
~ Prolific Philippines Filmmaker Khavn de la Cruz On Getting A Prize From Geneva Int’l Film Fest