Poland has chosen Jerzy Skolimowski’s Cannes-winning title EO as its official submission to the International Oscar race this 12 months.

The film had its premiere in competitors at this 12 months’s Cannes Film Festival the place it gained the Jury Prize and the Soundtrack award and it’s set to display screen within the Contemporary World Cinema part on the Toronto International Film Festival subsequent month and is a part of the New York Film Festival’s essential lineup.

EO marks Moonlighting helmer Skolimowski’s first mission in seven years and follows the travels of a nomadic grey donkey named EO. After being faraway from the touring circus, which is the one life he’s ever recognized, EO begins a trek throughout the Polish and Italian countryside, experiencing cruelty and kindness in equal measure, all of the whereas observing the follies and triumphs of humankind.

During his travels, he’s each helped and hindered by a solid of characters that features a younger Italian priest (Lorenzo Zurzolo), a Countess (Isabelle Huppert) and a rowdy Polish soccer workforce. Skolimowski places the viewer within the perspective of its four-legged protagonist, talking to the world round us, societal ills and serving as a warning to the risks of neglect and inaction all whereas on a quest for freedom.

The movie is loosely impsired by Robert Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar

. Skolimowski and Ewa Piaskowska wrote and produced the title. Michal Dymek is the cinematographer and the mission is scored by Pawel Mykietyn. HanWay movies is dealing with world gross sales for the title and Jeremy Thomas is exec producer.

Ewa Puszczyńska, chairman of the Polish Oscars Commission mentioned: “EO is emotional, nice cinema. It strikes and makes you replicate deeply on the situation of the trendy world.”

Sideshow and Janus Films, who partnered on the discharge of final 12 months’s International Oscar winner Drive My Car, are set to launch the title within the U.S. with a New York launch on November 18, adopted by a December 2 launch in Los Angeles earlier than a nationwide rollout.

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