Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski • 2022 • Poland, Italy
Starring Sandra Drzymalska, Lorenzo Zurzolo, Mateusz Kościukiewicz
With his first feature in seven years, legendary filmmaker 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 including a young Italian priest (Lorenzo Zurzolo), a countess (Isabelle Huppert), and a rowdy Polish soccer team. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best International Feature, and featuring immersive, stunning cinematography by Michal Dymek coupled with Pawel Mykietyn’s resonant score, Skolimowski’s film puts the viewer in the perspective of its four-legged protagonist on a quest for freedom.