Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Poland, Italy | 2022 | 88 mins
Cast | Sandra Drzymalska, Isabelle Huppert, Lorenzo Zurzolo and Mateusz Kościukiewicz
This is a Polish language film with English subtitles.
Directed and co-written by Jerzy Skolimowski, EO is a strikingly beautiful and mesmerising vision of modern Europe through the eyes of a donkey, who embarks on an epic journey across the continent, experiencing both cruelty and kindness while bearing witness to the follies and triumphs of humanity.
A grey donkey with melancholic eyes and a curious spirit, EO begins his life as a circus performer before escaping to trek across the Polish and Italian countryside. During his travels, he encounters an eclectic cast of characters, including a countess (Isabelle Huppert), a young Italian priest (Lorenzo Zurzolo) and a riotous Polish football team. 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. Inspired by Robert Bresson’s 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar, legendary filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski’s superbly inventive film places the viewer directly in the heart and mind of its four-legged protagonist.
“Bizarre, beautiful, moving and playful, this is an oddity to cherish” The Telegraph ★★★★
“Hijacks your heart, your mind, your ears and your eyes from start to finish” Empire ★★★★★
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