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PÖFF
Current Waves

Genres

Drama, Based on a Book, War

The Painted Bird

Värvitud lind
Nabarvené ptáce
Director: Václav Marhoul
Country: Czechia, Ukraine, Slovakia
Year: 2019
Film duration: 02:49
Language: Czech, German, Russian
Producer: Václav Marhoul
Screenwriter: Václav Marhoul
DoP: Vladimir Smutny
Editor: Ludek Hudec
Cast: Petr Kotlár, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper, Julian Sands, Udo Kier
Production: Silver screen

Synopsis

Based on the acclaimed novel by Jerzy Kosinski, “The Painted Bird” is a meticulous 35mm black and white evocation of wild, primitive Eastern Europe at the bloody close of World War II. The film follows the journey of the Boy, entrusted by his persecuted parents to an elderly foster mother. The old woman soon dies and the Boy is on his own, wandering through the country-side, from village to farmhouse. As he struggles for survival, the Boy suffers through extraordinary brutality meted out by the superstitious peasants and he witnesses the terrifying violence of the efficient, ruthless soldiers, both Russian and German. When the war ends, the Boy has been changed, forever.

The film was screened in competition at the Venice festival and presented at the Toronto festival.

Director

Director's filmography: Mazaný Filip (Smart Philip, 2003), Tobruk (2008), The Painted Bird (2019)
  • Václav Marhoul

    Fri, November 15, 2019


    19:30


    Coca-Cola Plaza, Saal 8, Tallinn

    Screening code: 010504
    Subtitles: English
    Screening duration: 02:49
    Language: Czech, German, Russian

    Tue, November 19, 2019


    17:45


    Coca-Cola Plaza, Saal 6, Tallinn

    Screening code: 050301
    Subtitles: English
    Screening duration: 02:49
    Language: Czech, German, Russian

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