11 MINUTES (2015)

Poland,Ireland (MIFF 2016 , International Panorama)
Director: Jerzy Skolimowski

"In his unorthodox answer to Hollywood action movies, Jerzy Skolimowski has made a film that is more than what it seems … An astonishing game of mirages, where time expands and contracts giddily." – Cinema Scope

A student prepares to commit a robbery. A paramedic team races against the clock. A woman embarks on a tryst with a Hollywood filmmaker, unaware that her husband is on the way. At a Warsaw hotel, these stories will converge in one stunning climax.

For over half a century now, Jerzy Skolimowski (Essential Killing, MIFF 2011; Deep End, MIFF 1971) has developed a reputation for creating ingenious, eccentric films; 11 Minutes might just be his most ambitious work yet. Both a highly entertaining thriller and an exercise in startling cinematic invention – taking detours into extreme slow motion, distorted lens and a dog’s eye view – 11 Minutes playfully undermines the tropes of its genre.

"A film brimming with energy … balanced between intimate moments of drama and comedy." – Cineaste

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