Attila Till’s second feature film "an engaging, disability-focused dramedy" (Variety) will represent Hungary as the official submission for the 89th Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. KILLS ON WHEELS premiered as the opening film of Karlovy Vary IFF’s East of the West program, was produced by Laokoon Filmgroup, the company behind Oscar winner SON OF SAUL.
The Hungarian Oscar Committee included Ágnes Havas Film Fund CEO, András Bálint Kovács university lecturer, András Kálmán film distribution expert, Emil Novák cinematographer, Hungarian Film Academy president, Viktória Petrányi producer, Károly Ujj Mészáros writer-director and Andrew G. Vajna government commissioner.
Kills on Wheels (2016, Hungary, 105’, cinemascope, DolbyDigital)
Two disabled lads get together with an ex-fireman and form a gang of hired assassins. But, as is the way with life, the reality is a little more prosaic… Attila Till has come up with an original, action-packed comedy which deftly blends reality and fantasy and whose black humour places it right up there with the audience hit The Art of Negative Thinking.
Twenty-year-old wheelchair user Zoli, his physically disabled friend, and an ex-fireman, who is also confined to a wheelchair, decide to offer their services to the mafia as a gang of hired assassins. But, as is the way with life, the reality is a little more prosaic… In his highly original, action-packed comedy, Hungarian director Attila Till skilfully blends reality with fantasy as he offers a gentle probe into the lives of protagonists living on the edge of society and desirous of things which able-bodied people take for granted. With its in-your-face black humour, the film is a competent match for the 2006 audience smash The Art of Negative Thinking and is set to be a sure-fire hit with viewers as well. The director was inspired to make his film from his own experiences as a volunteer for the disabled; he explains his motivation: “It was crucial to me to make a movie about disabled people where they finally aren’t played by actors but get the opportunity to act themselves and be the real heroes.”
Lenka Tyrpáková, KVIFF
Kills on Wheels was praised by trade press as "sensational" (Allan Hunter, Screendaily.com), "Tarantino in a wheelchair", "energetic and darkly humorous" (Laurence Boyce, Cineuropa.org), "charmingly violent" (Eric Kohn, IndieWire.coom), "engaging dramedy, inventive coming-of-age tale" (Variety.com, Alissa Simon) and "charming", "very likeable" (Boyd van Hoeij, THR.com).
The Hungarian action-thriller around wheelchair-bound assassins was given the Audience Award at Palic Film Festival this summer in Serbia.
Attila Till’s film is shortlisted for the European Film Awards.
Upcoming festival presentations include
UK Premiere: 60th BFI London Film Festival
Belgian Premiere: Oostende Film Festival
Norwegian Premiere: Bergen IFF
Theatrical Release in France: 2017 Pretty Pictures
CAST & CREW
Written and directed by Attila Till
Director of photography: Imre Juhász / Editor: Márton Gothár
Music: Csaba Kalotás / Sound: Tamás Zányi / Visual design: Márton Ágh
Produced by Judit Stalter / Laokoon Filmgroup
Cast: Zoltán Fenyvesi, Szabolcs Thuróczy, Ádám Fekete, Dr. Dusan Vitanovics, Lídia Danis, Mónika Balsai
Two disabled boys find fact and fantasy blurring as they collaborate on a comic book about a paraplegic ex-fire-fighter with a secret life as a hitman.
Imagine a dishevelled, beat-up variation of Jason Bourne and you’re somewhere close to this wildly original Hungarian action-thriller. The title refers to a comic book that two severely disabled boys, Zoli (Zoltán Fenyvesi) and Barba (Ádám Fekete), are working on. It features a grizzled, paraplegic former fire-fighter named Rupaszov (Szabolcs Thuróczy) who has a secret side-line working as a hitman for a Serbian gangster. As real life and fantasy blur, the two boys are drawn into Rupaszov’s shady underworld, even helping him to orchestrate his increasingly audacious hits in scenes of escalating and blackly comic tension. But first-time feature director Attila Till isn’t just to be applauded for his timing; Kills on Wheels is a film of refreshing diversity that deals with serious issues faced by disabled people every day – invisibility, prejudice, loneliness – in the form of a commercial thriller, driven by the infectious buddy-movie chemistry created by its three very unlikely heroes.
Damon Wise, The Guardian, British Film Institute