Poland nominates ‘EO’ for Academy Award

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“EO” (Polish title: IO) by Jerzy Skolimowski is Poland's nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. The decision, taken by the Oscars Commission, was announced by the Polish Film Institute at a special press conference.

The Commission which chose the movie includes Polish filmmakers who have been nominated for Oscars in the past - producer Ewa Puszczyńska and musician Jan A.P. Kaczmarek amongst others.

In May, “EO” debuted in Cannes where it won the jury prize at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. In August the movie made the longlist for this year's European Film Awards, Europe's version of the Oscars. In September it will compete in the main competition of the Gdynia Film Festival - the major Polish film festival.

On September 30, it will debut in Polish cinemas.

“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 receiving its unconditional love in return. After a protest by opponents of animal abuse, the bailiffs enter the circus and the two end up having to separate. The donkey ends up in a stable, changing owner several times.

Ewa Piaskowska was the co-screenwriter and co-producer of the film. Michał Dymek is responsible for the cinematography, Paweł Mykietyn for the music, and Agnieszka Glińska for the editing. The picture’s distributor in Poland was Gutek Film.

The 95th Oscars Ceremony will take place on March 12, 2023.