Vincent Gallo premieres at the 67th annual Venice Film Festival

Vincent Gallo premieres at the 67th annual Venice Film Festival

Congratulations to Vincent Gallo (twice) on getting into the competition section of the 67th annual Venice Film Festival, both in his own film, Promises Written in Water and as the lead in Jerzy Skolimowski’s, Essential Killing.

Vincent will also have his short film, The Agent, screening in the Orizzonti section. This section of the festival is showcasing the work of directors who were trained in different areas of expression, according to Paolo Baratta, the festival’s President, and is meant to provide a wider and more dynamic outlook on new trends in the various languages that converge in film.

A bit about the two features in competition:

Vincent on filming Promises:

“What I have tried to do in this movie is to make choices as if this was the first movie ever made and not to buy into the story of what cinema should be,” explains Gallo. This means making the film on the hoof, without much in the way of preparation.

I shoot a bunch of stuff – improvs, things when people don’t know they’re being filmed. I look at the footage and separate it into filters. The first category is anything that is beautiful, photographically … beautiful could be out of focus, it could be a mistake. Beautiful can be intentional. It can be just luck, it can be because the film is processed a little funnily … Now, I take the film and start to look at the people in the film and I want them to be beautiful. Again, beauty is relative. Beauty can be beautiful ugly. It can be the back of their heads …”

Synopsis:
The film is about a beautiful young girl who is terminally ill. She decides not to go to the hospital or have treatment but to wait until the pain becomes unbearable – and then to end her life. Her one fear is what is going to happen to her body when she is dead. She wants to be cremated. She reaches out to a photographer she meets, asking him to make sure that her wish is fulfilled. He takes a job in a funeral home so that he has the experience to perform the cremation.

In Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing, Gallo plays Mohammed – an Afghani Taliban fighter – on the run from Allied forces.

Synopsis:
Captured by the US military in Afghanistan, Mohammed is transported to a secret military black site somewhere in the Eastern Europe. When the armed convoy he is riding in plummets off a steep hill, Mohammed finds himself suddenly free and on the run behind the enemy lines, among a hostile, snow blanketed forest. Relentlessly pursued by an army that officially does not exist, Mohammed must constantly confront the need to kill in order to survive.

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