Oscars: Poland Nominates '11 Minutes' for Foreign-Language Category

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'11 Minutes'

Jerzy Skolimowski's jigsaw suspense drama premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

Set during the brief moment of the title, 11 Minutes, Jerzy Skolimowski's drama of colliding lives of a group of disparate people on a Warsaw night is Poland's nomination for best foreign-language film at the 2016 Oscars.

The film, which had its world premiere earlier this month at the Venice Film Festival, brings together an irate jealous husband, his sexy actress wife, a sleazy American film producer (played by Irish-born actor Richard Dormer), a reckless drug courier, a troubled student, convicted pedophile hot-dog vendor and a cast of other disparate characters all connected by a time and location frame around a city center square.

With the brief time frame of the action overlapping through the lives of the characters, Skolimowski's film — his first feature in five years — is pitched as an 81-minute-long commercial audience pleaser.

The film is written and directed by Skolimowski and is produced by Skopia Film and Element Pictures. International sales is handled by HanWay Films.