The Painted Bird

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Title

The Painted Bird

Director

Václav Marhoul

Producer

Václav Marhoul

Nationality

Czech Republic & Slovakia, Ukraine

Year

2019

Duration

169 min

Language

Slavic Esperanto

Format

35 mm

Ratio

1:2,35

Original Title

The Painted bird

Synopsis

Synopsis

Based on the acclaimed Jerzy Kozinski novel, THE PAINTED BIRD is a meticulous 35mm black and white evocation of wild, primitive Eastern Europe at the bloody close of World War II.

The film follows the journey of The Boy, entrusted by his persecuted parents to an elderly foster mother. The old woman soon dies and the Boy is on his own, wandering through the country-side, from village to farmhouse. As he struggles for survival, The Boy suffers through extraordinary brutality meted out by the ignorant, superstitious peasants and he witnesses the terrifying violence of the efficient, ruthless soldiers, both Russian and German. When the war ends, The Boy has been changed, forever.


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Press

About the novel

"One of the best… Written with
deep sincerity and sensitivity".

THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Extraordinary... staggering… one of the most powerful books I have ever read.“

HARPER´S MAGAZINE

"Nothing stands higher... A
magnificent work of art and a
celebration of the individual will. No one who reads it will forget it.“

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Cast & Crew

Stellan Skarsgaard Dune, Nymphomaniac
Harvey Keitel The Irishman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Pulp Fiction
Barry Pepper Kill The Messenger, Saving Private Ryan, True Grit, The Green Mile
Julian Sands The Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Ocean 13, Dexter, Room with a View
Udo Kier Downsizing, Melancholia, Bacurau, American Animals
Petr Kotlár
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER Václav Marhoul
Based on the Best Selling book by Jerzy Kosinski
CINEMATOGRAPHER Vladimir Smutny
PRODUCTION COMPANY Silver Screen
CO-PRODUCERS Czech Television
Eduard & Milada Kucera
Directory Films
PubRes
Radio and Television Slovakia
Certicon Group
innogy
Richard Kaucky
Alexander Kushaev