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“A monumental piece of work”

★★★★★ The Guardian

The Painted Bird follows the journey of a young Jewish boy across Eastern Europe during World War II. Wandering alone through the desecrated countryside, he encounters villagers and soldiers whose own lives have been brutally altered, and who are intent on revisiting this brutality on the boy.

When the war ends, the boy has been changed forever.

Shot in crisp black and white – 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.

The Painted Bird features a staggering central performance from Petr Kotlár as the young boy, alongside a star-studded international ensemble including Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands and Barry Pepper.


Václav Marhoul
Czech Republic, Slovakia
2 hours 50 minutes
Barry Pepper, Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgård


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