On Saturday, Jerzy Skolimowski's “EO” (PL version: IO) and Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix van Groeningen’s “The Eight Mountains” received the jury prize ex aequo during the closing ceremony of the 75th Cannes Film Festival.
Prof. Piotr Gliński, Poland’s deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage, congratulated the Polish laureate on social media on Saturday evening.
“EO” refers to the film “Fortune, Balthazar!” by Robert Bresson, considered a classic of French cinema. The title character is a donkey which performs in a circus with a young artist called Kasandra (Sandra Drzymalska). The girl takes care of the animal which gives her unconditional love in return. When after a demonstration by the opponents of animal abuse the bailiffs enter the circus, the two have to separate. The donkey ends up in a stable and later changes owners several times.
The Palme d’Or of the 75th Cannes Film Festival went to Ruben Östlund’s “Triangle of Sadness.”
“I would like to thank… to my donkeys,” an iconic opening line to an acceptance speech from 85-year-old EO director Jerzy Skolimowski pic.twitter.com/sSnaOkjI56— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 28, 2022