The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird is the festival’s most brutal film. When the Nazis begin their mass extermination of the Jews in Eastern Europe during World War II, a Jewish couple sends their son out into the countryside so that he can hide with his aunt. But when the aunt suddenly dies, the little boy is thrown into a world where hatred, fear and violence reigns, where every day is a struggle to survive in a ruthless society marked by brutal attacks on civilians by Russian and German troops. The Painted Bird is a raw, shocking, heartbreaking and overwhelming description of an Eastern Europe at war, filmed in black and white at 35mm. If you manage to look past the brutal depictions of violence, the film offers both beauty and technical virtuosity – but consider yourself warned.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Nabarvené ptáče
  • Director
    Václav Marhoul
  • Producer
    Václav Marhoul
  • Writers
    Václav Marhoul
  • Photo
    Vladimír Smutný
  • Actors
    Petr Kotlár, Nina Šunevič, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands
  • Playtime
    2 h 49 min
  • Year
  • Country
    Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine
  • Age limit
    18 years
  • Production
    PubRes, Silver Screen
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment