A strong emotional charge and production, whimsically flaring at its best moments, make “IO” an engaging experience, a film that stands on its hooves — critics write about Jerzy Skolimowski’s new work, which had its world premiere late Thursday night at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. .
The title of the film is a donkey performing in a circus with a young artist named Cassandra (played by Sandra Drzimalska). The girl takes good care of him, she has unconditional love. Unfortunately, when the bailiffs enter the circus after a demonstration against animal use, the two have to separate. The donkey ends up in a stable and then changes owners several times later. One evening, Cassandra unexpectedly visited him, who – remembering his birthday – brought IO a carrot cake. After a while, she left, her boyfriend (Thomas Organic) chased after her. The animal constantly misses her and decides to find her. He escapes from the farm, gets lost in the woods, and then gets hunted for a while by a group of soccer fans. Later, the donkey is taken care of by a truck driver (Mateusz Kociukewicz) and an Italian priest (Lorenzo Zorzulo), who takes him to the house of the Countess (Isabel Hubert).
Late Thursday evening, during the 75th Cannes Film Festival, the world premiere of the painting took place. Jerzy Skolimowski did not participate in it due to health reasons. She appeared on the red carpet, among others, Mateusz Kosiukewicz and Sandra Drzemalska. The film competes for the Palme d’Or among others with “Future Crimes” by David Cronenberg, “Appearance” by Kelly Richart, “Armageddon Time” by James Gray, “RMN” by Christian Mungiu, and “Stars at Noon” by Claire Dennis. Ewa Piaskowska is a co-author of the script. Michał Dymek is responsible for the images.
The first reviews have already appeared on the web. Jonathan Romney (“Screen Daily”) noted that “IO” is a tribute to the French master Robert Bresson and his film “For Luck, Balthasar!” The director dealt with “a visionary splendor that contrasts with the severity of Bryson”. “A strong emotional charge, a very modern environmental awareness, and the production, which at its best moments in its weirdness, sets +IO+ apart from other works about animals, and makes it a movie that stands on its hooves” – he noted.
Jordan Mincer (“The Hollywood Reporter”) described IO as an “immersive experience”. “This is largely due to the delightful images of Michał Dymek (…), whose camera, thanks to drones, flies in the sky to capture the changing European landscapes and bring you closer to the title character (or heroine?). If there were films it would be better. Watching them on a big screen in a dark cinema with an overclocked voice, this is one of them ”- he pointed out.
Meanwhile, Peter Debruge (“Variety”) stated that each “IO” scene reveals “how evil the Guardians of the World are the people.” “There are savage anarchists, strict smugglers, and ruthless fox-fur farmers. The manager takes a risk, but sometimes it’s hard to see what’s going on or how the poor donkey went from one scene to another” – values.
The winners of the main competition will be announced on Saturday, May 28, during the ceremony at the Grand Theater Lumiere. They will be chosen by a jury comprising: French actor Vincent Lyndon (Chairman), British actress Rebecca Hall, Indian actress Deepika Padukone, Swedish actress Nomi Rapas, Italian actress and director Yasmine Trinca, as well as Iranian director, screenwriter and producer Asghar. Farhadi, French director, screenwriter and actor Ledge Lee, American director and screenwriter Jeff Nichols, and Norwegian director and screenwriter Joachim Trier.
Jerzy Skolimowski was born on May 5, 1938 in ód. He attended high school in Podebrady, Czech Republic, with Milos Forman, Vaclav Havel, and Ivan Baser. In 1959, he graduated in ethnography at the University of Warsaw, and four years later he studied at the directing department at the Film School in ód. He is the author of more than 20 films, including: “Start” (“The Departure”; 1967 – Golden Bear at the IFF Berlin), “Krzyk” (“The Shout”; 1978 – Special Jury Prize in Cannes), “Fucha” (“Moonlighting”; 1982 – Best Screenplay Award in Cannes), “The Lightship”; 1985 – Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival, “Four night with Anna” (estimated 2008 in Cannes), ” Basic Murder” (Grand Prix at Venice Film Festival 2010; Best Film Award at Mar del Plata Festival and Awards for Best Film and Best Director at the Gdynia Festival).
The director is also a respected painter. He participated in the Venice Biennale and exhibited his works in Europe and the United States. In 2015, he received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Fine Arts in ód.
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