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The Painted Bird (18)

30 Sep
01 Oct 2020

Directed by

Václav Marhoul

The Painted Bird

Featuring a staggering central performance from the young Petr Kotlar alongside a star-studded international ensemble including Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgard, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, and Barry Pepper. The film follows the journey of a boy, entrusted by his Jewish parents to an elderly foster mother in an effort to escape persecution. Following a tragedy, the boy is on his own. Wandering through a desecrated countryside, the boy 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 B&W 35 mm, this is an unflinching examination of the very worst of humanity. 

 “A monumental piece of work. ***** 5 stars” – Xan Brooks, The Guardian.