Kill It and Leave This Town (2020)

Animation | 88 minutes
Rating: /10

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Movie Story

Fleeing from despair after losing those dearest to him, the hero hides in a safe land of memories, where time stands still and all those dear to him are alive. Over the years, a city grows in his imagination. One day, literary heroes and cartoon childhood idols, who in the consciousness of the successive generations are forever young and wearing short pants, come to live there, uninvited. When our hero discovers they have all grown old and that eternal youth does not exist, he decides to return to real life, and the amazing characters living in his imagination lead him back to the real world.


“A marvelously inventive film whose energy never flags. The dark poetry of Mariusz Wilcynski captures exactly the mood of 1970s Poland” -JM Coetzee, Nobel Prize Winning Author

“… it is raw, rough, fragmented, angry, often brilliant with its own kind of aesthetic brusquery and pain. Wilczyński serves up brutal images, often drawn on lined paper, for all the world as if that was the only thing to hand when he decided to spill his imaginative guts.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“really stands out in the new Encounters competition thanks to its genre, mood, tone and emotional density.” -Ola Salwa, Cineuropa

“Mariusz Wilczynski’s terrifying first animated feature, Kill It and Leave This Town…. depict(s) a world of monstrous inhumanity and devastating interpersonal cruelty — hell, in short.”– Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“this surreal and striking animation… [is] so personal and handmade that it almost bears fingerprints… a work of entrancing low-fi artistry and deeply felt emotion” -Sarah Ward, Screen International

Awards and Festivals

Berlin Int’l FF – Official Selection – Encounters
Annecy Int’l Animation FF – Jury Distinction Award
Ottawa Int’l Animation FF – Best Film
Palic Int’l FF – Critics Jury Award
Viennale – FIPRESCI Prize

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Movie Showtimes

Anthology Film Archive

New York, NY

Show times

  • Opens November 27

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