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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.

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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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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Stellan Skarsgård (Hans) & Udo Kier (Miller) also worked together on Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013) as Seligman & the waiter respectively. See more »

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Referenced in DVTV: Václav Marhoul (II) (2019) See more »

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Für Elise
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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TRUE MASTERPIECE
13 March 2020 | by methodman-70252See all my reviews

It's one of the best movies i have ever seen. As simple as that, it's not easy to watch a black and white movie, with minimum dialogue, that's almost 3 hours long, and not get bored at all. The painted bird made it. The script is masterfully divided into chapters, that give a feeling of constant progress and action, also the editing is great and has some great takes of czech beautiful and peaceful nature in contrast with the cruel human beings. IT's just great


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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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