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Oscars: Poland Selects ’11 Minutes,’ Denmark Goes for ‘A War’

LONDON — Poland and Denmark have selected their entries to contest in the foreign-language film category of the Oscars. Jerzy Skolimowski’s “11 Minutes” is the Polish champion, while Denmark has backed Tobias Lindholm’s “A War.” Both films played at Venice Film Festival: “11 Minutes” was in competition, while “A War” ran as part of Horizons.

“11 Minutes” is a “buzzing, hurtling, too-fast-to-think thriller,” according to Variety’s reviewer. “Ida” director Pawel Pawlikowski, who headed Poland’s Oscar selection committee, said the film was “a universal story told using very edgy film language; a film that portrays chaos, cacophony and emptiness in today’s world.”

In the movie, the same 11 minutes in the lives of various protagonists are shown through parallel storylines. Before the last second of the 11th minute is up, their fates intertwine in an event that will have a huge impact on their lives.

The film was produced by Skopia Film, co-produced by Element Pictures, Telewizja Polska, Orange, HBO and Fundacja Tumult, and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, Eurimages and the Irish Film Board. International sales are handled by HanWay Films.

“A War” is a drama about the consequences of war. It follows army officer Claus Michael Pedersen, who is stationed with his men in an Afghan province. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him — and his family back home.

The film is produced by Nordisk Film Production, with support from the Danish Film Institute and Nordisk Film and TV Fund. International sales are being handled by Studiocanal.

The deadline to submit foreign-language films for the Academy Awards is Oct. 1. The entries will be shortlisted to nine from which the nominations will be determined, and announced Jan. 14. The Oscars take place Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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