11 Minutes written and directed by one of the titans of Polish cinema Jerzy Skolimowski and is 81 minutes long. Skolimowski who attended the opening night gala showing of his film said it was inspired by a very dark period in his life during which he suffered loss but wouldn’t be further drawn on that. You hear the adjectives bold, surprising and refreshing to describe the film and all of those would true.
What is the film about? Well in his own words it tells the stories of 8 different people and somehow all these lives are affected by an event that also happens to be the culmination of the film. Before the screening Skolimowski recounted Roman Polanski’s reaction after seeing the film as follows:
“When I watch the films in recent years I’ve always got the feeling 10 to 15 minutes into the film I know the plot. Seeing 11 minutes I had no fucking idea.”
Polanski is right you don’t what the fuck is going on but you are transfixed. Strap yourself in and enjoy the emotional rollercoaster ride this films takes you on – you won’t be bored. One thing is true this film will make you want to live to the max as it reminds you life is short. It is gutsy piece of filmmaking displaying Skolimowski’s skill as a storyteller and director, in the wrong hands this could have turned into a jarring mess.
11 Minutes opened the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival.
The 14th Kinoteka Film Festival runs from 7 to 28 April 2016, full details click here
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