// Presented as part of February's Post Soviet Cinema II Series //
Attila Till / 2017, Karlovy Vary, Cairo, Chicago Film Festival, Cleveland, Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema, Fantasia Fest, Hungarian Film Week, Norwegian International Film Festival, Palic Film Festival São Paulo, Seattle, Thessaloniki, Zurich / 105'
Zoli and Barba reside in an assisted-living facility outside of Budapest. Zoli has a spinal affliction, while Barba has a mild case of cerebral palsy. They pass their days dreaming up scenarios for a graphic novel, featuring a badass parapalegic as their hero. Rupaszov is a former fire-fighter who has been paralyzed from the waist down following an accident on the job—he is now employed as a hitman for Rados, a Serbian crime lord. Since no one suspects the man in a wheelchair, Rupaszov is able to pull off a number of increasingly precarious assassinations. Yet he soon requires two accomplices, which is where Zoli and Barba come in.
A sleeper hit at the Hungarian box office, and performed by a wealth of differently-abled actors, Kills on Wheels is a wildly inventive action-comedy that confronts issues of prejudice while challenging genre boundaries. Attila Till's second feature premiered at Karlovy Vary; Chicago Film Festival, where it won the New Directors Competition; and Thessaloniki, where it won Best Actor and Best Film.