The Painted Bird

  • Nabarvené ptáče
  • Section: Stars
  • Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine
  • 2019 / 169 min
  • Director: Václav Marhoul
  • Cast: Petr Kotlár, Udo Kier, Michaela Doležalová, Zdeněk Pecha, Lech Dyblik, Jitka Čvančarová, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel
  • Origin version with Czech subtitles

Contact: Bioscop

A timeless message about the wanderings and hardships of a small Jewish boy during World War II.

Hoping to save their child from mass extermination, a Jewish family sends their 10-year-old son to live with his Aunt Marta in the countryside. But she soon dies unexpectedly, and so the boy must set out by himself in a hostile world where only the local rules, prejudices and superstitions apply. Because of his dark features, the boy encounters fear, contempt and cruelty. His struggle to survive changes after the war. He faces a fight he was not even aware of. A battle with himself, for his soul, for his future …

Awards: Chicago IFF 2019: Best Cinematography. Venice FF 2019: UNICEF Award. Camerimage 2019: Bronze Frog, FIPRESCI Prize.



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