11 Minutes

  • 81'
  • Poland
  • 2015

A novice actress prepares for an audition. A hotdog seller has a chat with his customers: “How long was the longest hot dog in the world?” Ambulance staff try to come to the aid of a woman giving birth, but the staircase to her home is blocked.

For those familiar with the work of Jerzy Skolimowski – which certainly applies to many visitors to IFFR, as the festival shows virtually all his films – 11 Minutes takes some getting used to. The hectic opening montage, made up of shots from telephones, laptops or security cameras, sets the tone for a mosaic narrative that does not slow down for a second.

Despite doing their best to wrestle themselves free of difficult situations, the characters are pursued by a sense of doom. What is that black spot doing in the sky, like a dead pixel? Who is the man who says it’s too late to make amends for something? In a refined sample of stirring filmmaking, the master cinematographer Skolimowski lets the stress build. Mercilessly.

Director
Jerzy Skolimowski
Countries of production
Poland, Ireland, UK
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
81'
Medium
DCP
Original title
11 minut
Languages
English, Polish
Producers
Ewa Piaskowska, Jerzy Skolimowski, Andrew Lowe, Jeremy Thomas
Production Companies
Skopia Film, Element Pictures, Recorded Picture Company
Sales
HanWay Films
Screenplay
Jerzy Skolimowski
Cinematography
Mikolaj Lebkowski
Editor
Agnieszka Glińska
Production Design
Joanna Kaczyńska, Wojciech Zogala
Music
Pawel Mykietin
Cast
Richard Dormer, Dawid Ogrodnik, Wojciech Mecwaldowski, Andrzej Chyra, Paulina Chapko