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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

Second Chance: Fri, 15th Nov 2019

Official Selection, Venice International Film Festival, 2019


The Gate Cinema Cork City
The Gate Cinema, North Main Street
Cork City, Cork T12 KN88 Ireland
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