Kamloops Film Festival
With his first film in seven years, legendary director Jerzy Skolimowski (Deep End, Moonlighting) directs one of his most free and visually inventive films yet, following the travels of a nomadic gray donkey named EO. After being removed from the traveling circus, which is the only life he’s ever known, EO begins a trek across the Polish and Italian countryside, experiencing cruelty and kindness in equal measure, all the while observing the follies and triumphs of humankind. EO’s journey speaks to the world around us, an equine hero boldly pointing out societal ills, and serving as warning to the dangers of neglect and inaction, all while on a quest for freedom.
This film will be preceded by Long Way Home from Jared Putnam, Kenny Choi & Brody Jones (1st Place Professional, TNFC Prize & Audience Award Winner at KISS 2022).
Our Featured Non-Profit for EO is the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge is located east of Kamloops between Chase and Sorrento. Its mission is to provide a loving, healthy and safe permanent home for donkeys who are neglected, abused, or who can no longer be cared for in their current circumstances. Public education about donkey care and welfare is a key part of the Refuge’s role, and guests learn about the world of donkeys through talks and tours as well as interactions with them.
KFF filmgoers who would like to help the Refuge take care of the Donkeys are invited to bring along some of these much-needed supplies to the theatre:
“A BEAUTIFUL TALE”
– National Post
“MOVE OVER, SHREK: DONKEY DRAMA EO IS A STAGGERING PIECE OF BRAVURA FILMMAKING”
– Globe and Mail
“IT’S A FILM THAT BALANCES HARSH TRUTH WITH AN ALMOST CHILDLIKE SENSE OF WONDER AND ANXIETY.”
– The Gate
More awards listed at IMDb.com
DIRECTED BY: Jerzy Skolimowski
WRITTEN BY: Jerzy Skolimowski, Ewa Piaskowska
STARRING: Sandra Drzymalska, Isabelle Huppert, Lorenzo Zurzolo, Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Tomasz Organek, Lolita Chammah
GENRE(S): Drama, Adventure
RUNTIME: 88 minutes
COUNTRY: Italy, Poland
LANGUAGE: Italian, English, Polish, French
Rated PG: violence; coarse language