The Painted Bird

Nabarvene Ptace

An unnamed and stranded Jewish boy, whose family has probably been exterminated, washes from one nightmarish episode to the next, in a pitiless chronicle of an era red in tooth and claw. An adaptation of the titular 1965 bestseller novel of the Polish-American writer Jerzy Kosiński, which unravels the excruciating ordeals of a minor struggling to survive in the no-man’s land of post-World War II Europe. A searing and brazenly brutal drama, shot in lush black-and-white 35mm that plumbs the depths of human hell and stares at the abyss, before letting a tiny glimmer of hope slip in.

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Direction: Václav Marhoul, based on a novel by Jerzy Kosiński
Script: Václav Marhoul
Cinematography: Vladimír Smutný
Editing: Luděk Hudec
Sound: Pavel Rejholec
Actors: Petr Kotlár, Udo Kier, Lech Dyblik, Jitka Čvančarová, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, Barry Pepper, Aleksey Kravchenko
Production: Silver Screen
Producer/Producers: Václav Marhoul
Costumes: Helena Rovna
Sets: Jan Vlasák
Make Up: Ivo Strangmüller
Format: DCP
Color: B&W
Production Country: Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovak Republic
Production Year: 2019
Duration: 169´
Contact: Celluloid Dreams,