11 Minutes (film)

11 Minutes (Polish: 11 minut) is a 2015 Polish film directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, starring Richard Dormer, Wojciech Mecwaldowski, Andrzej Chyra, Dawid Ogrodnik, Paulina Chapko, Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Agata Buzek. The narrative follows eleven minutes in several people's lives.

11 Minutes
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJerzy Skolimowski
Produced byEwa Piaskowska
Jerzy Skolimowski
Written byJerzy Skolimowski
CinematographyMikołaj Łebkowski
Edited byAgnieszka Glińska
Release date
  • 9 September 2015 (2015-09-09) (Venice)
  • 23 October 2015 (2015-10-23) (Poland)
Running time
81 minutes

The film was screened in the main competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival[1][2] and in the Masters section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[3] The film was selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.[4][5]



The film was produced through Poland's Skopia Film in collaboration with Ireland's Element Pictures. It received support from the Irish Film Board. Filming in Dublin commenced in September 2014, lasting five days.[6]

Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 67% based on 15 reviews, and an average rating of 5.6/10.[7] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score 51 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8]

Chuck Bowen of Slant Magazine gave the film 3 stars out of 4, writing, "The film's final Rube Goldberg-ian flourish refutes the banal humanity of many multiple-character studies, convincingly insisting that only death shall bring us together, unifying our vastly differing gulfs of emotional experience."[9]


At the 29th European Film Awards, 11 Minutes sound designer Radosław Ochnio won the award for European Sound Designer.[10]

See also


  1. "Venice Film Festival: Lido Lineup Builds Awards Season Buzz – Full List". Deadline. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  2. "Venice Fest Reveals Robust Lineup Featuring Hollywood Stars and International Auteurs". Variety. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  3. "Toronto Film Festival Adds 60+ Titles". IndieWire. Archived from the original on 2015-08-11. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  4. "80 milionów polskim kandydatem do Oscara". Polish Daily News. Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  5. "Poland Taps Thriller '11 Minutes' as Oscar Entry in Foreign-Language Race". IndieWire. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  6. Brosnan, Seán (10 August 2015). "Irish co-production 11 Minutes' to be sold by Hanway Films". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  7. "11 Minutes". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  8. "11 Minutes". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  9. Bowen, Chuck (April 4, 2016). "11 Minutes". Slant Magazine. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  10. Nancy Tartaglione (2016-12-10). "'Toni Erdmann' Sweeps European Film Awards; Makes History At Message-Heavy Ceremony – Full List". Deadline Hollywood.
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