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The Painted Bird

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  • Director: Václav Marhoul
  • Producer(s): Václav Marhoul
  • Screenwriter(s): Václav Marhoul
  • Main Cast: Petr Kotlar, Udo Kier
  • Country: Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovakia
  • Language(s): Subtitled
  • Year: 2019

Eastern Europe is in the final throes of World War II. A boy is dispatched by his Jewish parents to an elderly relative in an effort to escape persecution. Following a tragedy, the boy is forced to wander through the desecrated countryside, encountering villagers and soldiers whose own lives have been brutally altered, intent on revisiting this brutality on the child. A cinematic masterpiece – shot in crisp black and white 35mm – Václav Marhoul’s The Painted Bird does far more than simply depict the horror of war. It is an unflinching examination of the very worst of humanity. SE

Official Selection, Venice International Film Festival, 2019

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