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Polish Oscar candidate ‘EO’ wins prize from Arab critics at Cairo Festival

Jerry Skolimowski EO, The Polish contender for the 2023 Oscars in the best international feature film category has won this year’s Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films at the Cairo International Film Festival.

The award was unveiled Thursday evening at a gala ceremony at the Cairo Opera House.

The Polish drama, which follows the trials of a donkey traveling through modern Europe, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize. Skolimowski was nominated for Best European Director at next month’s European Film Awards, and EO is considered a frontrunner in the international Oscar race.

Skolimowski took credit from his Arab critics via video link from Los Angeles, where he advertises EO to the Academy.

“I am incredibly happy about that EO has been appreciated by the Arab Critics’ Circle because it must mean that my simple story about a donkey has touched the hearts of people in different cultures,” said the director. “What’s especially important to me is that this case of animal empathy seems so universal.”

The Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films were launched in 2019 as a spin-off of the ACC’s main Critics’ Awards, in an effort to boost film diversity in the region and increase local sales companies’ and distributors’ interest in outstanding European films. wake up. Previous winners include Teona Strugar Mitevska’s God exists, her name is PetrunyaChristian Petzolds Undinelike 107 mothers by Peter Kerkes.

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