Poland Submits Cannes Jury Prize Winner ‘EO’ to International Oscar Race – Deadline
Poland selected Jerzy Skolimowski’s Cannes title HEY as its official submission to the international Oscar race this year.
The film premiered in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize and the Soundtrack Prize. It will screen in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the Toronto International Film Festival next month and is part of the festival’s New York Film Main Lineup.
HEY Brands Illegal work director Skolimowski’s first project in seven years and follows the travels of a nomadic gray donkey named EO. After being removed from the traveling circus, which is the only life he has ever known, EO begins a journey through the Polish and Italian countryside, experiencing cruelty and kindness in equal measure, while observing the follies and triumphs of mankind.
During his travels, he is both helped and hindered by a cast of characters that includes a young Italian priest (Lorenzo Zurzolo), a countess (Isabelle Huppert), and a rowdy Polish soccer team. Skolimowski places the viewer in the perspective of its four-legged protagonist, speaking to the world around us, the ills of society, and serving as a warning of the dangers of neglect and inaction while seeking freedom.
The film is loosely inspired by Robert Bresson Random balthazar. Skolimowski and Ewa Piaskowska wrote and produced the title. Michal Dymek is the director of photography and the project is scored by Pawel Mykietyn. HanWay Films is handling worldwide sales for the title, and Jeremy Thomas serves as executive producer.
Ewa Puszczyńska, chair of the Polish Oscars commission, said:HEY is emotional, great cinema. It is moving and makes you think deeply about the state of the modern world.
Sideshow and Janus Films, which partnered on last year’s international Oscar release drive my carThe title is set to release in the United States with a November 18 New York release, followed by a December 2 release in Los Angeles before a nationwide rollout.