The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Polish Film Institute join forces to present a sneak preview of Jerzy Skolimowski's critically acclaimed "Essential Killing" - the Special Jury Prize and Best Actor winner at this year's Venice Film Festival - and his "Deep End" (1970), in its 40th Anniversary production. The screening of "Essential Killing", will be followed by the Q & A with the director, who will then introduce his 1970 film "Deep End"...
Still frame from "Essential Killing", dir. Jerzy Skolimowski
The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Polish Film Institute join forces to present a sneak preview of Jerzy Skolimowski's critically acclaimed "Essential Killing" - the Special Jury Prize and Best Actor winner at this year's Venice Film Festival - and his "Deep End" (1970), on the production's 40th anniversary
The screening of Essential Killing is to be followed by the Q & A with the director, who will then introduce his 1970 film Deep End.Skolimowski
's newest film develops the director's twin career-ranging themes, individualism and obsession, into a provocative meditation on the politics of terror in the wake of the Afghan and Iraq wars. In a mesmerizing, wordless performance, Vincent Gallo plays a bearded insurgent, captured by American soldiers in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, waterboarded, interrogated and finally transported to another unnamed country somewhere in Eastern Europe. En route, the battered man makes a daring escape into a harsh snowbound landscape, where, barefoot and starving, pursued by helicopters, he is forced to survive on his most basic instincts.
Skolimowski's second film made outside of Poland - and one of his greatest - centers on Mike (John Moulder-Brown), a shy, 15-year-old high-school dropout who takes a job as the male attendant at a London public bathhouse. There, he learns the ropes - and the predilections of the sex-starved clientele - from beautiful, red-haired Susan (Jane Asher), for whom he soon develops a dangerous, deeply obsessive infatuation. A Swinging Sixties "Vertigo", shot through with perverse dark humor (including former "it" girl Diana Dors memorably burying Mike's head in her breasts while fantasizing about British soccer star George Best) and accompanied by a Cat Stevens song score, Deep End remains a signature Skolimowski triumph.
- 6:15 PM Sneak Preview of Essential Killing, dir. Jerzy Skolimowski, 2010, cast: Vincent Gallo, Emanuelle Seigner, Zach Cohen; written by J. Skolimowski and Ewa Piaskowska; music by Pawel Mykietyn; photography by Adam Sikora, Poland/Norway/Ireland/Hungary, 35 mm; 83 min.
- 8:45 PM 40th Anniversary Screening: Deep End, dir. Jerzy Skolimowski, 1970, cast: Jane Asher, John Moulder-Brown, West Germany/UK, 35 mm; 90 min.
Monday, December 20, 2010: 6:15 PM Essential Killing, 8:45 PM Deep End.
Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center
165 W. 65th Street, New York, NY