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The Painted Bird

Václav Marhoul / CZ, UA, SK, 2019 / 169 min.

‘A search for love’, is how director Václav Marhoul (Tobruk) described his controversial screen adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s horrendous novel about a Jewish boy trying to escape from the Nazis.

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The Painted Bird is not a Holocaust film and not a war film’, said Marhoul in Venice, where his almost three-hour stark drama in black and white premiered to polarized reactions. Featuring Harvey Keitel and Udo Kier in supporting roles, the compelling lead role is performed by the young actor Petr Kotlár.

Details

Director

Václav Marhoul

Production year

2019

Country

CZ, UA, SK

Original title

Nabarventé ptáce

Length

169 min.

Language

Czech, German, Russian, Latin

Subtitles

ENG or NLD

Format

DCP

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