Interview with Composer ‘EO’ Pawel Mykietyn – Sound and Screen – Deadline

How do you write music for a wandering donkey in HEY? Composer Pawel Mykietyn did not take the responsibility lightly.

“First of all, that donkey survived,” the Polish composer told the audience, with the help of an interpreter, at Deadline’s Sound & Screen Awards. “I hope not to disturb the film with the music. …Sometimes it’s hard to know how a donkey feels.

EO, by Polish veteran Jerzy Skolimowski and submitted by Poland in this year’s International Feature Oscar race, is a vision of modern Europe seen through the eyes of a precious mule. “In the film, the donkey is in many different places, the donkey meets different people,” Mykietyn said. “There are different situations, some tragic, some funny. I tried to follow the situation, follow the emotion… add color.

“It’s crazy,” added Mykietyn, whose other credits include 2010s essential murder and 2015 11minutes. “But I love that kind of storytelling, that kind of art.”

HEY is presented by Skopia Film and Jeremy Thomas and stars Sandra Drzymalska, Isabelle Huppert, Lorenzo Zurzolo and Mateusz Kosciukiewicz. Jeremy Thomas is the executive producer. The screenplay was written by Ewa Piaskowska and Jerzy Skolimowski.

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