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The Painted Bird (2019)

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A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II where he encounters many different characters.

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Václav Marhoul

Writers:

Jerzy Kosinski (novel), Václav Marhoul (adaptation)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Petr Kotlár Petr Kotlár ... Joska
Nina Sunevic Nina Sunevic ... Marta (as Nina Shunevych)
Alla Sokolova Alla Sokolova ... Olga
Stanislav Bilyi Stanislav Bilyi ... Villager
Ostap Dziadek Ostap Dziadek ... Peasant
Zdenek Pecha Zdenek Pecha ... Labourer
Michaela Dolezalová Michaela Dolezalová ... Miller's wife
Udo Kier ... Miller
Lech Dyblik ... Lekh
Jitka Cvancarová ... Ludmila
Daniel Beroun Daniel Beroun ... Tall adolescent
Marika Sarah Procházková ... Woman #1 (as Marika Procházková)
Marie Stripkova Marie Stripkova ... Woman #2
Milan Simácek ... Horse owner
Martin Nahálka Martin Nahálka ... Red partisan commander
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In an unidentified area of war-torn Eastern Europe, a young boy is sent by his parents to live in safety with his aunt. But she dies unexpectedly, so he sets off on a journey to return home. He roams alone in a wild and hostile world in which only local rules, prejudices and superstitions apply. His struggle for virtually physical survival after the war turns into a battle of a different type. A battle that he doesn't even realize, a fight with himself, a fight for his soul, for his future. Written by Wiki

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Light is visible only in the dark.

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Drama | War

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At the 2019 Venice Film Festival, "The Painted Bird" gained immediate notoriety due to numerous walkouts at its premiere. The Guardian newspaper reviewer reported that 12 audience members desperately tried to gain exit through a locked door, and even quipped that he would dearly like to see a movie about the audiences reaction to " The Painted Bird ". See more »

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References Marketa Lazarová (1967) See more »

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Für Elise
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Not for everyone
4 September 2019 | by beleg93See all my reviews

Heavy. It's a series of chapters displayed by a photography both stunning and merciless. Human beings here are foundamentally cruel (with a couple of exceptions) and cruelty flows from the oppressor to the oppressed. The movie reminds us about that. The ending has being discussed, but I think that, just maybe, the protagonist can still hope for a better future.


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Language:

Czech | German | Russian | Latin

Release Date:

5 March 2020 (Greece) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dolnoslaskie, Poland See more »

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$577,566
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