EO is an astonishment and so too is this wild, boldly expressionistic movie.
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With his first film in seven years, legendary director Jerzy Skolimowski (Deep End, Moonlighting) directs one of his most free and visually inventive films yet, following the travels of a nomadic gray donkey named EO. After being removed from the traveling circus, which is the only life he’s ever known, EO begins a trek across the Polish and Italian countryside, experiencing cruelty and kindness in equal measure, all the while observing the follies and triumphs of humankind. During his travels, EO is both helped and hindered by a cast of characters that includes a young Italian priest (Lorenzo Zurzolo), a Countess (Isabelle Huppert), and a rowdy Polish soccer team. Loosely inspired by Robert Bresson’s Au hazard Balthazar, and featuring immersive, stunning cinematography by Michal Dymek coupled by Pawel Mykietyn's resonant score, Skolimowski’s film puts the viewer in the perspective of its four-legged protagonist. EO’s journey speaks to the world around us, an equine hero boldly pointing out societal ills, and serving as warning to the dangers of neglect and inaction, all while on a quest for freedom.
Italian, English, French, Polish
Jerzy Skolimowski, Ewa Piaskowska
Sandra Drzymalska, Lorenzo Zurzolo, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Isabelle Huppert
Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
Winner, Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival
Winner, Cannes Soundtrack Award, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards
Winner, Best Cinematography, Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, Los Angeles Film Critics AssociationMORE
John Powers, NPR
Skolimowski constantly shows us EO's dark eyes, which seem to take the measure of modern life. What they're witnessing and judging is our world with its rampant despoiling of nature, and in particular, its treatment of animals — from the looming wind turbines that slaughter birds in flight, to ...
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