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EO

Opens Friday, November 18

DIRECTED BY JERZY SKOLIMOWSKI

“Does the cinema have room for two art house donkey movies in its repertoire? Robert Bresson’s 1966 AU HASARD BALTHAZAR is the other great donkey film, but it’s a different, ahem, beast. Whereas Bresson used his animal as means to observe shades of human frailty and cruelty in provincial France, Skolimowski…fill(s) his movie with breathtaking imagery atop a minimalist narrative.” (Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter) The visually spectacular, often surreal odyssey of Eo, a winsome gray donkey (played by six different donkeys), is a long, strange trip: from a Polish circus where he is adored (and liberated by animal rights activists) to a horse farm (from which he escapes), to briefly becoming the mascot of a soccer team, and to points beyond. “EO is an animal film that stands defiantly on its own hooves, marked out by a potent emotional charge, very contemporary eco-consciousness, and filmmaking that at its best fairly sizzles in its strangeness.” – Jonathan Romney, Screen International

2022     88 MIN.     POLAND / UK / ITALY     SIDESHOW / JANUS FILMS
IN POLISH, FRENCH, ENGLISH & ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES        

Reviews

“…a sorrowful, often brilliant tale of a donkey from the veteran director Jerzy Skolimowski.
The movie is visually exquisite…”

– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“EO is a damning polemic on our relationship to other intelligent species - as free labor, food and companions - as seen through the dewy, wide eyes of a donkey, whom we come to adore. Skolimowski romanticizes and partly anthropomorphizes the beast, giving him subjective shots and flashbacks, perhaps even dream sequences.  Both directors (Skolimowski and Bresson) use the animal to comment on human nature. What is it about EO that brings out the best in some people and the worst in others?” 
– Peter DeBruge, Variety

“Jerzy Skolimowski’s madcap, visually experimental ‘remake’ of Robert Bresson’s 1966
black-and-white drama AU HASARD BALTHAZAR. A somewhat anarchic viewing experience. There is seemingly no plot. In Bressn’s version, it’s the humans around the donkey who are the true center of the story. Not so in EO. This is Donkeyvision, and we’re better off for it.”

– Siddhant Adlakha, IndieWire

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