The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird is based on a 1965 novel by Jerzy Kosiński that describes World War II as seen by a boy. In an effort to save their child from the massive extermination of Jews, a Jewish couple send their son to hide in the countryside with a relative somewhere in Eastern Europe. The little boy’s aunt dies unexpectedly and the stray child is suddenly forced to hit the road and make it on his own in a hostile world governed by hate, fear and violence. 

The film has over 20 nominations to different film awards and won best film at Venice IFF.


“Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel and Udo Kier star in this phantasmagorical horror about eastern Europe that saw half the Venice audience walk out. I couldn’t look away.”

-Xan Brooks, The Guardian

“An epic pastoral horror pitting human savagery against the impossible calm of nature, Czech filmmaker Václav Marhoul’s adaptation of Polish author Jerzy Kosiński’s rattling World War II novel “The Painted Bird” is as bold a play for visceral cinema mastery as we’ve seen of late.”

-Robert Abele, The Wrap

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Genre: War Drama

Director: Václav Marhoul

Year: 2019

Length: 169 Minutes

Country of Origin: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine