The Painted Bird is a 2019 internationally co-produced black-and-white war drama film directed by Václav Marhoul.
The starring cast includes Petr Kotlár, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, Barry Pepper, Nina Šunevič, Lech Dyblik, Ala Sakalova, Radim Fiala and others.

Watch the official trailer for The Painted Bird

IFC Films on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 released the trailer:
The Painted Bird - Official Trailer I HD I IFC Films.

What is The Painted Bird about?

In an unidentified area of war-torn Eastern Europe, a young boy is sent by his parents to live in safety with his aunt. She dies and he sets off on a journey to return home. His adventures are a series of horrific encounters with ignorance, exploitation, and depravity. In the first village he reaches an old healer who exploits him. He is next taken in by a miller and his wife, who is one of the rare people he encounters who treat him kindly. After the miller gouges out the eyes of a younger man seen exchanging glances with his wife, the boy runs off. He meets Lekh (Lech Dyblik), a bird breeder who treats him well. But Lekh has sex with a wild woman whom local village women brutally rape, after which Lekh hangs himself. The boy leaves.
The boy finds a tame horse with a broken leg and takes it to the next village, where a villager kills it. The villagers then seize the boy and, as an act of appeasement, deliver him to the Germans, identifying him as a Jew. The German soldier tasked with executing the boy releases him. Later caught by SS guards who bring him to a local town, he is saved from execution when he cleans the shoes of a German officer. A local priest then takes him in, but soon arranges for him to lodge with a local, who proves to be a pedophile named Garbos (Julian Sands). The boy causes Garbos gruesome death. After the well-meaning priest dies, his replacement has no use for him and he is run out of the town.
He is then taken in by Labina (Julia Valentova). When her elderly husband dies, she molests him though he is too young to perform sexually. After he sees her having sex with a goat, he kills the animal and tosses its head through the window of Labina's house and then runs away once more.

Who's in the The Painted Bird cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of The Painted Bird.

Petr Kotlár Joska
Udo Kier Miller
Stellan Skarsgård Hans
Harvey Keitel Priest
Julian Sands Garbos
Barry Pepper Mitka
Lech Dyblik Lekh
Radim Fiala Cossack commander
Martin Nahálka Red partisan commander
Alexander Leopold Schank SS Officer
Dominik Weber Feldwebel
Andrej Polák Doctor in Orphanage
Nina Sunevic Marta (as Nina Shunevych)
Alla Sokolova Olga
Stanislav Bilyi Villager
Ostap Dziadek Peasant
Zdenek Pecha Labourer
Michaela Dolezalová Miller's wife
Jitka Cvancarová Ludmila
Daniel Beroun Tall adolescent
Marika Sarah Procházková Woman #1 (as Marika Procházková)
Marie Stripkova Woman #2
Milan Simácek Horse owner
Petr Jenista Waffen SS soldier
Irena Máchová Jewish woman with baby
Josef Bedlivy Jewish boy
Tomás Kraus Jewish man
Pavel Kríz Zealous man
Ondrej Malina SS Scharfuhrer
Tim Kalkhof SS Officer
Jan Monczka 2nd Priest
Petr Klimes Old man
Julia Valentova Labina (as Julia Valentova Vidrnakova)
Denisa Pfauserová Raped woman
Aleksey Kravchenko Gavrila
Alexander Minajev Red army commanding officer
Petr Stach Commission chairman
Jan Meduna Attendant I.
Krystof Rímský Attendant II.
Filip Kankovský Stallholder
Petr Vanek Nikodem
Tereza Martínková
Filip Richtermoc
Eric Srbeny
Jan Pavlicek
Jiri Slavik
Petr Ostrouchov
Ivo Proks
Martin Sanda
Josef Kurka
Jakub R. Spur
Klara Konvalinkova
Karel Dvorák
Zdenek Krupicka
Pavel Rubin
Martin Kotas
Krystof Peterka
Helena Bartova
Robert Barta
Daniela Repova
Vaclav Marhoul Jr.
Lukas Marhoul
Tomas Marhoul
Antonin Sejvl
Lukas Kapko
Petr Koza Stand ins for Petr Kotlar
Jakub Chytil Stand ins for Petr Kotlar

When is The Painted Bird released in cinemas?

The film The Painted Bird was scheduled to be released on September 3, 2019 (Venice), on September 12, 2019 (Czech Republic), on February 28, 2020 (Turkey), on March 27, 2020 (United Kingdom) and on October 16, 2020 (Norway) by Bioscop, (Czech Republic), IFC Films, (United States), Eureka Entertainment, September Film Distribution, Transformer, Weird Wave and Front Row Filmed Entertainment.

What are The Painted Bird film specifications?

The duration of the film is 169 minutes. With a budget of 175 million CZK, (USD$7.5 million), the film grossed over $588,910.

What are critics and audiences saying about The Painted Bird?

The Painted Bird got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.3/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 81/100.

More information about The Painted Bird you can get at:

Official website:

IMDB: The Painted Bird

Wikipedia: The Painted Bird (film)

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