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.
IFC Films on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 released the trailer:
The Painted Bird - Official Trailer I HD I IFC Films.
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.
Here is the full cast and characters of The Painted Bird.
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.
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.
The Painted Bird got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.3/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 81/100.
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