THE PAINTED BIRD

VÁCLAV MARHOUL

NABARVENÉ PTÁČE

This film opens on March 27th. Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 23rd.

Based on Jerzy Kosiński’s acclaimed novel, and shot on luminous monochrome 35mm, The Painted Bird is a meticulously crafted evocation of wild, primitive Eastern Europe at the bloody close of World War II. The film follows the journey of a Boy (Petr Kotlár) entrusted by his persecuted parents to an elderly foster mother. The old woman dies and the Boy is left on his own, wandering through the countryside from farmhouse to farmhouse. As he struggles to survive, he suffers through extraordinary brutality meted out by the ignorant, superstitious peasants, and witnesses the terrifying violence of the ruthlessly efficient soldiers, both German and Russian. There are moments of compassion amid the savagery: a German soldier (Stellan Skarsgård) spares the Boy, a priest (Harvey Keitel) intervenes on his behalf, and he becomes the protégé of a Russian sniper (Barry Pepper).

(Notes by David O’Mahony).

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169 mins, Czech Republic-Ukraine-Slovakia, 2019, Digital, Subtitled, Black and White