Director - Václav Marhoul
Script - Václav Marhoul, Jerzy Kosinski
Camera - Vladimír Smutný
Cast - Stellan Skarsgård, Barry Pepper, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, Udo Kier, Petr Kotlar
Producers - Aleksandr Kushaev, Václav Marhoul
Production - PubRes

The Painted Bird is a meticulous black and white evocation of wild, primitive Eastern Europe at the bloody close of World War II. The film follows the journey of the Boy, entrusted by his persecuted parents to an elderly foster mother. The old woman soon dies and the Boy is on his own, wandering through the country-side, from village to farmhouse. As he struggles for survival, the Boy suffers through extraordinary brutality meted out by the superstitious peasants and he witnesses the terrifying violence of the efficient, ruthless soldiers, both Russian and German. When the war ends, the Boy has been changed, forever.

„The Painted Bird is not a war film, nor even a Holocaust film, for me it’s a completely timeless story. Of the struggle between darkness and light, good and evil and many other opposites. The story forces us to ask ourselves many unpleasant questions and to find for them, by ourselves, often very painful answers.”
Václav Marhoul

Watch in the Sofia IFF ONLINE programme at online.siff.bg

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS -

Venice ’19 – UNICEF Award Chicago ’19 – Best Cinematography