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EO

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland/Italy, 2022, 88 mins, 18 (Cert TBC)

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Sun 26 February // 17:00

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At age 84, legendary director Jerzy Skolimowski (Deep End, The Shout) has directed one of his spryest, most visually inventive films, following the travels of a peripatetic donkey named EO.

With his melancholic eyes and a curious spirit, EO begins his life as a circus performer before escaping on a 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 a 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 Skolimowski imagines the animal’s mesmerizing journey as an ever-shifting interior landscape, marked by absurdity and warmth in equal measure, putting the viewer in the unique perspective of the protagonist.