The multiple stories that take place and connect in modern Warsaw prove all the things that can happen in a small period of time that is yet long enough to provide a fascinating frenzy to a young and risky film.
Stretching time, multiplying the stories in order for the plot to go back to the same instants. But avoiding any kind of tedium and daringly battling against the obvious and the simple disarming and rearming on what’s already been told, something Mexican director Iñárritu has exploited in part of his filmography. These interconnected stories build up the tension through unions that have more to do with terror than love. Everyone has their own reasons, their own revenges, their own miseries, their own interests. Or maybe chance just joins their destinies in the worst possible way. That is, chance or the malignant, vitriolic wisdom of Skolimowski, who knows from experience but also for being an old devil, an evil demiurge in his full cinematic power. In short: the explosive, expansive 11 Minutes is a must-see. JPF
D, G: Jerzy Skolimowski F: Mikolaj Lebkowski, Bernard Walsh E: Agnieszka Glinska M: Pawel Mykietyn P: Ewa Piaskowska, Jerzy Skolimowski CP: Skopia Film, Element Pictures I: Richard Dormer, Paulina Chapko, Wojciech Mecwaldowski, Andrzej Chyra, Dawid Ogrodnik
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He was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1938. He studied filmmaking at the School of Lodz. Rysopis (1964) was his directorial debut. He later directed many films, including Barrera (1966), King, Queen Knave (1972), The Shout (1978), The Lightship (1985), Four Nights with Anna (2008; Bafici ‘09) and Essential Killing (2010; Bafici ‘11).