11 Minutes to be Poland's Oscar Nomination
small, 11 Minutes to be Poland's Oscar Nomination, A still from 11 Minutes directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, 2015. Photo: Robert Jaworski / Kino Świat, 11_minut_skolimowski_9.jpg
The brand-new motion picture by Jerzy Skolimowski will be Poland's candidate for nomination in the race for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
The film was chosen by the Polish Oscar Commission which was called together by Prof. Małgorzata Omilanowska, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and included: Paweł Pawlikowski (chairman), Jacek Borcuch, Izabela Kiszka-Hoflik, Aneta Kopacz, Agnieszka Odorowicz, Ewa Puszczyńska, Grażyna Torbicka, and Anna Trzebiatowska. Paweł Pawlikowski said:
We decided to pick a film by one of Poland’s most original directors. He and his works are well-known and appreciated by the American film market. 11 Minutes is a universal film, with a vibrant film language, portraying the chaos, cacophony and emptiness of the modern world. The film was nominated to receive the Golden Lion at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, and was also granted the Special Jury Award at the 40th Gdynia Film Festival. We think that 11 Minutes by Jerzy Skolimowski will be the best possible representative for Polish cinematography in the Oscar race.
The Polish Film Institute said that the commission did not consider Body/Ciało by Małgorzata Szumowska and Obywatel (“The Citizen”) by Jerzy Stuhr because they were withdrawn from this year's competition by their producers.
11 Minutes by Jerzy Skolimowski is a mosaic-like thriller that takes place during 11 minutes in central Warsaw. It depicts the stories of several people whose paths cross in tragic ways. The characters include: an English director (Richard Dormer, known for the series Fortitude) trying to force an actress onto the casting couch; her obsessively jealous husband (Wojciech Mecwaldowski); a hotdog seller (Andrzej Chyra); a young girl (Ifi Ude) breaking up with her boyfriend (Mateusz Kościukiewicz); and a crackhead courier (Dawid Ogrodnik).
Skolimowski uses a great dose of flexibility to intertwine their stories, introducing atmospheric and ever-growing anxiety. Ultimately, 11 Minutes is a story about how we cannot run away from fate. It is a suspenseful, apocalyptic thriller that seduces with its spectacular form.
Jerzy Skolimowski both directed the film and wrote the script. Mikołaj Łebkowski was the cinematographer. At the 40th Gdynia Film Festival, as well as the Special Jury Award, 11 Minutes won awards for editing (Agnieszka Glińska) and music (Paweł Mykietyn). It will be in Polish cinemas from 23rd October 2015.
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, Culture.pl, written by BS, translated by ND, Sept 2015