Kills on Wheels, the second feature film by Attila Till, will represent Hungary in the race for the 2017 Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film.
Popular at the 51st Karlovy Vary Film Festival, as the opening film of the East of the West section, Kills on Wheels' fate will be known on January 24, 2017 when the shortlist of the final nominees is announced.
Having turned heads with his feature debut Panic (which won the Best Actress Award and the Internet Audience Award at the 2008 Hungarian Film Week), as well as with his short film Beast (selected for the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2011 and nominated for the European Film Award in 2012), for his sophomore effort, Till assembled a cast including Szabolcs Thuroczy, Zoltan Fenyvesi, Adam Fekete, Dr Dusan Vitanovics, Lidia Danis and Monika Balsai.
Written by the director himself, the Kills on Wheels story revolves around a 20-year-old man in a wheelchair who teams up with a couple of friends (a disabled man and a former fireman) to offer the mafia their services as hitmen. However, springing into action proves to be a little more complicated than they had thought
Produced by Judit Stalter (a European Film Promotion Producer on the Move in 2012) for Laokoon Cinema (which also co-produced Attila Till’s feature debut), Kills on Wheels was supported by the Hungarian Film Fund (which is also in charge of the international sales) and A-Company Hungary (which brought the film out in Hungarian theatres on April 28).
Interestingly, the film is also on the list of the 50 titles chosen for the upcoming European Film Awards.