The Polish Film Institute announced today that an expert committee led by Oscar-winner Pawel Pawlikowski unanimously selected the thriller “11 Minutes” as the country’s Oscar submission in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards. The film prevailed over more traditional period pieces that were released in the European nation this year.
“11 Minutes” is the latest film by veteran Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski and recently screened at the Venice Film Festival were it won a Special Mention award. This is Skolimowski’s first directorial effort since 2010’s “Essential Killing,” and the one he considers his most personal film to date as it’s inspired by personal tragedy.
The filmmaker has also played small roles in American films such as “The Avengers” and “Eastern Promises.”
The festival’s synopsis of the film describes it as a story about “a jealous husband out of control, his sexy actress wife, a sleazy Hollywood director, a reckless drug messenger, a disoriented young woman, an ex-con hot dog vendor, a troubled student on a mysterious mission, a high-rise window cleaner on an illicit break, an elderly sketch artist, a hectic paramedics team and a group of hungry nuns. A cross-section of contemporary urbanites whose lives and loves intertwine. They live in an unsure world where anything could happen at any time. An unexpected chain of events can seal many fates in a mere 11 minutes.”
International rights are being handled by HanWay Films. U.S. rights are still available.