Jerzy Skolimowski's Cannes Film Festival favorite EO

Dec 9 to Dec 12
Friday thru Monday 4pm, 8:15

Jerzy Skolimowski - 2022 - 89m - Poland/Italy - In Polish, Italian, English, French w/ English subtitles

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 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.

"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." - K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone

"Like most good art, EO is better felt then interpreted or completely understood." - Oliver Jones, Observer

"A thrillingly imaginative piece of filmmaking: a strange, haunting epic about a donkey that couldn't feel more of our moment." - John Powers, NPR

"May be one of the greatest movies ever made about the spirit of animals, as much as we can know it." - Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine

"For the most part, you feel as if you're in sure hands and can see what the storytellers are trying to do." - Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

"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." - Gary M. Kramer, Salon.com

"Jerzy Skolimowski's homage to Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar is its own strange melancholic creature, a hallucinogenic projection of donkey consciousness, rendered through luminous cinematography." - Liam Lacey, Original Cin

"Provides a creative and unusually absorbing simulation of the non-human experience." - Tanner Gordon. Spectrum Culture

"The film anthropomorphizes EO as a pure innocent so we can see things from his POV." - Dennis Schwartz, Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

"A mesmerizing, exhilarating and poignant journey." - Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

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