Friday, December 16, 2022, 7:30 p.m., Dryden Theatre
(Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland 2022, 86 min., DCP)
EO, a grey donkey with melancholic eyes and a curious spirit, begins his life as a circus performer before escaping on a trek across the Polish and Italian countryside in a journey marked by absurdity and warmth in equal measure. Legendary filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski directs one of his most free and visually inventive films yet, placing the viewer directly in the heart and mind of the four-legged protagonist. Unapologetically updating Robert Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthasar, Skolimowski makes the most of modern filmmaking techniques, including intense coloring and drones to approximate EO’s perspective, creating an immersive, exciting, and affecting spectacle.