The Painted Bird
|Country:||Czechia, Ukraine, Slovakia|
|Language:||Czech, German, Russian|
|Cast:||Petr Kotlár, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper, Julian Sands, Udo Kier|
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.