EO

May all your dreams come true.

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. This sweet, layered, and very human story about the travels of a donkey named Eo has now earned the film an Academy Award nomination for Best International Feature Film.

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. Loosely inspired by Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar, 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. 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 classic AU HASARD BATLHAZAR, 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. 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.

Among its many accolades, EO shared the Jury Prize in this year’s Cannes competition, and is Poland’s official entry to the 2022 Academy Awards.

“It’s funny. The comedy of EO is in its randomness. But so is the tragedy. Moments that play like punchlines do the double duty of making us both laugh and wince.” (Rolling Stone Magazine)

“EO is an astonishment and so too is this wild, boldly expressionistic movie that conveys the life of its largely silent protagonist with a bare minimum of dialogue.” (New York Times)

“EO is a thrillingly imaginative piece of filmmaking: a strange, haunting epic about a donkey that couldn’t feel more of our moment.” (NPR)

“EO may be one of the greatest movies ever made about the spirit of animals, as much as we can know it.” (TIME Magazine)

“Viewers can make connections or interpret people, or actions, or emotions as desired. EO is not going to judge, but he is going to tell you what to think or feel, which is perhaps the beauty and brilliance of this uncommon film.” (Salon.com)

Monday, January 30
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Monday, February 6
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EO (Jerzy Skolimowski, 2022 / 86 mins / In English, Spanish, French, Polish, Italian with English subtitles) The world is a mysterious place when seen through the eyes of an animal. EO, a sentient and anthropomorphic grey donkey with melancholic eyes, meets good and bad people on his life’s path on his journey through Europe. He experiences joy and pain and endures the wheel of fortune as it randomly turn his luck into disaster and his despair into unexpected bliss. But not even for a moment does he lose his innocence.

The world is a mysterious place when seen through the eyes of an animal. EO, a grey donkey with melancholic eyes, meets good and bad people on his life’s path, experiences joy and pain, endures the wheel of fortune randomly turn his luck into disaster and his despair into unexpected bliss. But not even for a moment does he lose his innocence.

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