Emotional donkey film chosen as Poland’s Oscar nominee – The First News

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The film by veteran filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski tells the story of a donkey who, wandering around the world, suffers the cruelty of man.
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A film in which the main role is played by a sad-eyed donkey will be the Polish candidate for the best international film at the Oscars next year.

Announced yesterday, veteran filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski’s EO-nominated film was shortlisted among seven other titles: The Balcony Movie, Illusion, Silent Earth, Woman on the Roof, Broad Peak, Fucking Bornholm and Filip.

The Polish-Italian co-production tells the story of a donkey which, wandering around the world, suffers the cruelty of man.

Passed from hand to hand, the animal encounters both good and bad in a series of adventures that explore a vision of modern Europe through its eyes.press material

Passed from hand to hand, the animal encounters good guys and bad guys in a series of adventures.

Skolimowski said the inspiration for his film was Polish horsemeat shipments to Italy in which horses are transported alive, tightly packed in trucks under inhumane conditions during which some of them die.

The hero of my film is saved in Italy from such a transport and even lives the happiest moments of his life, which however end in a dramatic way.

Skolimowski (pictured) said the inspiration for his film was Polish horsemeat shipments to Italy in which horses are transported alive, tightly packed into trucks in inhumane conditions during which some of them die.Zbigniew Meissner/PAP

“We want to move the viewer so that the film is a protest against human cruelty to animals,” he said.

EO, named after the donkey, begins his adventure by performing at the circus with a young artist named Kasandra. The girl takes good care of him and gives EO her unconditional love.

When ushers enter the circus after a protest by opponents of animal abuse, the two have to go their separate ways.

The donkey begins his adventure by performing at the circus with a young artist named Kasandra. The girl takes good care of him and gives EO her unconditional love.press material

The donkey ends up in a stable, then changes owners several times. He is cared for by a truck driver and then by an Italian priest, who takes the animal to the domain of a countess.

The story is a cinematic allegory and the title of the film alludes to the sound donkeys make.

Polish Oscar committee chair Ewa Puszczyńska justified the committee’s decision by saying: “This is an extremely beautiful, moving and very topical film, dealing with current issues, showing the cruelty of humans towards animals and the cruelty of humans towards each other. In other words, this is what’s happening in the world right now […] A moving and wonderful film.

Reacting to the decision, Skolimowski said: “Of course, I am very proud to represent Polish cinema with my film. It’s not the first time, by the way, but this time I hope it will be different from previous attempts, because this film is different from all the ones I’ve made. It differs in that it is a film made with heart, with a commitment to a just cause.

In September, the film will receive its Polish premiere when it enters the main competition of the 47th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia and finally hits cinema screens on September 30.

This is the second time that Jerzy Skolimowski’s film is competing for an Oscar nomination: in 2015, his film 11 Minutes was not nominated.

The story is a cinematic allegory and the title of the film alludes to the sound donkeys make.press material

The film’s chances of success next year are bolstered by the fact that EO’s US distributor is Sideshow, which is responsible for the success of last year’s top foreign picture winner Drive My Car, and public relations pre-Oscar film will be handled by Acme, in the past responsible for Ida and Cold War.

“I think the film is in really, really good hands, and now all we have to do is cross our fingers,” Puszczyńska said.

Skolimowski, director, screenwriter, writer and actor, was born in 1938 in Łódź and made his first film in 1960.

He directed films such as Hands Up, Four Nights with Anna and Essential Killing and is one of the main exponents of Polish new wave cinema.

Polish Oscar committee chair Ewa Puszczyńska justified the committee’s decision by saying: “This is an extremely beautiful, moving and very topical film, dealing with current issues, showing the cruelty of humans towards animals and the cruelty of humans towards each other. In other words, this is what’s happening in the world right now […] A moving and wonderful film.press material

The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is accepting nominations for the Best International Film category through October 3.

On December 21, she will announce the shortlist of films that could be nominated for the Oscar.

The list of the final five nominees for the 2023 Oscars will be announced on January 24 next year. AMPAS members will vote March 2-7 ahead of the 95th Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Poland has only won the Best Foreign Film Oscar once, in 2015, when Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida received the award.

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