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The Painted Bird (2019)

Unrated | | Drama, War | 17 July 2020 (USA)
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A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II where he encounters many different characters.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | War

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Poland refused to cooperate with the movie. The original novel 'The Painted Bird' by Jerzy Kosinski has been controversial for years in Poland, and was even banned for decades when it was revealed that the author had made up most of the story, despite claiming it was autobiographical. Kosinski's story has much more elements of the childhood of Polish director and friend Roman Polanski, who indeed survived the war alone and with help from others. See more »

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Referenced in Výzva: Kamil Fila (2019) See more »

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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Man's Inhumanity To Man - ATough Watch
1 September 2020 | by oaklepSee all my reviews

I can't say on here what hasn't already been said, so I'll keep it brief: Cinematography? Beautiful, Story? Not so much. Dialogue? Nope, Violence and cruelty? Off the scale. Just don't watch it on a date.


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Language:

Czech | German | Russian | Latin

Release Date:

17 July 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dolnoslaskie, Poland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CZK175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$452, 19 July 2020

Gross USA:

$1,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$593,428
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2.39 : 1
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