Eo is the newest submission from Poland for International Feature. Acclaimed director Jerzy Skolimowski has created one of the most unique films of the year as it’s entirely focused on a donkey named Eo. It shows how he is passed from owner to owner, from place to place. On his journey, he meets people who are loving towards him and unfortunately he meets those who aren’t.
At the start of the film, Eo is part of the circus where he performs daily in front of crowds with a girl, named Magda, who loves him dearly. Eo loves her just the same. When the circus is closed due to animal cruelty, Eo’s pain is shown when he’s separated from her. Eo is then moved to a new farm where he meets his new owners.
And from there we get to experience the world through Eo’s eyes. And his remarkable journey.
Acclaimed director Jerzy Skolimowski gives an accurate portrayal of humans while emphasizing the innocence of animals, all with just 20 lines of dialogue. Looking into Eo’s eyes you just know what he’s telling us. He doesn’t need to speak to be able to talk to us. His expression says it all. We can judge the heart of a person by his treatment of animals. And this film is a beautiful way to show the world’s cruelty through the eyes of a donkey. And we as a society have definitely failed Eo.