11 Minutes Trailer (2016)

Trailer for 11 Minutes, starring Richard Dormer and Paulina Chapko.

In the span of eleven tense minutes, a whirlwind of interlocking tales of life in the surveillance age unfold in this stylish, propulsive thriller from acclaimed director Jerzy Skolimowski. In a city square in Warsaw, a sleazy film director “auditions” a married actress in a hotel room; a hot dog vendor goes about his work while concealing a dark secret; a motorcycle-driving drug runner trysts with a client’s wife; and a young man plots an ill-advised robbery. Mixing sleek cinematography with footage from webcam, smartphone, and CCTV cameras, 11 Minutes masterfully lays out the pieces of a puzzle and then brings them together in an explosive climax.

Throughout the entire running time of 11 Minutes, the film is only willing to give away one of the character's names. Hint: Anna.

Before being picked up by IFC Films, the thriller had a solid festival run with premieres at both the 72nd Venice International Film Festival and the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. 11 Minutes was nominated for both the Golden Lion and Green Drop Award in Venice.

11 Minutes Trailer Screencap

If there is one thing about foreign films, they know how to pull off a good thriller. I'll be honest, I wasn't too impressed with the first half of the 11 Minutes trailer -- I thought the silent countdown sequence somewhat fails at what it was trying to accomplish -- but the preview does end with a bang. You know, the latter 10 seconds where the shit hits the fan and the critical acclaim starts pouring in.

While I typically dislike title cards featuring critical acclaim -- it's fine in TV spots, but not so much in a trailer -- I understand IFC Film's attempt to convince audiences that this is one foreign release that deserves a domestic audience.

Maybe next time a red band trailer to show off some additional visuals. 

1 min 59 sec


Posted On
March 27, 2016
Jerzy Skolimowski

Jerzy Skolimowski

IFC Films

April 8, 2016
Richard Dormer
Paulina Chapko
Wojciech Mecwaldowski
Andrzej Chyra
Dawid Ogrodnik
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