"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 as Hans, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, Barry Pepper, Nina Šunevič, Lech Dyblik as Lekh, Ala Sakalova, Radim Fiala as Cossack commander and others.
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IFC Films on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 released the trailer for "The Painted Bird" you can watch here:
The Painted Bird - Official Trailer I HD I IFC Films.
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In an unidentified area of war-torn Eastern Europe, a young boy lives with an old woman. Surprised by the death of the woman, the he sets the house ablaze and leaves. His further adventures are a series of horrific encounters with ignorance, exploitation, and depravity. In the first village he reaches, an old healer buys him, but he is later blamed for bad luck and thrown in a river. He is next taken in by a miller and his wife. 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. 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. Local red army cossacks force the villagers to 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. A local priest takes him in, but then arranges for him to lodge with a local man named Garbos, who proves to be a pedophile. The boy causes Garbos's gruesome death. After the well-meaning priest dies, his replacement has no use for the boy, and he is run out of the town.
The boy is then taken in by Labina (Julia Valentova). When her elderly father dies, she coaxes the boy into performing sexual acts on her, beating him when he fails to perform and mocking his inadequacy by simulating sex with a goat. He later retaliates by killing the goat and tossing its head through Labina's window before running away.
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"The Painted Bird" movie release date was scheduled to be on September 3, 2019 (Venice, Venice Film Festival), on September 12, 2019 (Czech Republic), on February 28, 2020 (Turkey), on March 27, 2020 (United Kingdom), on October 16, 2020 (Norway) and on September 9, 2021 (Germany) distributing by Bioscop, (Czech Republic), IFC Films, (United States), Elite Filmes, 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 $662,505.
"The Painted Bird" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.4/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 82/100.
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