11 Minutes

Jerzy Skolimowski

A budding actress goes to an audition. A filmmaker wants to seduce her. Her jealous husband wants to save her. A motorbike courier races through the city, a couple watches porn, a girl takes her dog out... In eleven minutes, their lives cross in Skolimowski's exciting mosaic drama about the chaos that rules life.

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.

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Filmmaker
Jerzy Skolimowski
Country
Poland, Ireland, United Kingdom
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
81
Language
English, Polish
Producer
Ewa Piaskowska, Jerzy Skolimowski, Andrew Lowe, Jeremy Thomas
Production Company
Skopia Film, Element Pictures, Recorded Picture Company
Sales
HanWay Films
Writer
Jerzy Skolimowski
Cinematography
Mikolaj Lebkowski
Editor
Agnieszka Glinska
Production Design
Joanna Kaczyńska, Wojciech Zogala
Sound Design
Radoslaw Ochnio
Music
Pawel Mykietin
Cast
Andrzej Chyra
Website
http://www.11minut.com