The Painted Bird

a VÁCLAV MARHOUL picture

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Title

The Painted Bird

Director

Václav Marhoul

Producer

Václav Marhoul

Nationality

Czech Republic & Slovakia, Ukraine

Year

2019

Duration

169 min

Language

Slavic Esperanto, Czech, Russian, German

Format

35 mm

Ratio

1:2,35

Original Title

The Painted bird

Synopsis

Synopsis

Based on the acclaimed Jerzy Kosinski novel, THE PAINTED BIRD is a meticulous 35mm black and white evocation of wild, primitive Eastern Europe at the bloody close of World War II.

The film follows the journey of The Boy, entrusted by his persecuted parents to an elderly foster mother. The old woman soon dies and the Boy is on his own, wandering through the country-side, from village to farmhouse. As he struggles for survival, The Boy suffers through extraordinary brutality meted out by the ignorant, superstitious peasants and he witnesses the terrifying violence of the efficient, ruthless soldiers, both Russian and German. When the war ends, The Boy has been changed, forever.


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About the film

" Film festivals (…) need a film like The Painted Bird
a film that makes a mockery of star ratings.
I can state without hesitation that this is a monumental piece of work. “

THE GUARDIAN

“Shooting in ravishing 35mm monochrome, apt enough for illustrating a world drawn into stark black-and-white polarities of good and (…) evil (…) “The Painted Bird” is inarguably effective and immersive, its hard, unyielding gaze backed up by the muscularity of its craft.“

VARIETY

“Ravishingly shot in black and white Cinemascope, The Painted Bird is full of quiet passages in which The Boy wanders through forests, snowscapes and water meadows, the peace and silence of nature contrasting with the horrors that we soon learn to brace for around every bucolic corner.“

SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

“Heart-wrenching (…) an emotional three-hour punch in the stomach.“

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“The Painted Bird' is filmed in powerful and expressive black and white
...to the credit of cinematographer Vladimir Smutny, one of those
who stay true to filming in 35mm film.“

EL PAIS

"A fascinating quality of the gaze leads the viewer into
a reflection on superstition and religion.“

MYMOVIES.IT

"Gruelling but brilliant (…) a mesmerising travelogue.“

LITTLE WHITE LIES

"A masterpiece.“

CINEMATOGRAPHE.IT

"The most grueling and rewarding movies to arrive in years."

FILMTHREAT.COM

About the novel

"Written with
deep sincerity and sensitivity".

THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Nothing stands higher... A
magnificent work of art and a
celebration of the individual will. No one who reads it will forget it.“

LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Extraordinary... staggering… one of the most powerful books I have ever read.“

HARPER´S MAGAZINE

Festivals
& Awards

Toronto International Film Festival - Special Presentations

La Biennale - Venice Film Festival 2019 Official Competition - Cinema for Unicef Awards

Venice - Leonico d'Oro Award

92nd Oscars - Nomination - Shortlisted for Best Foreign Film

Czech Lion Awards - 8 Awards including Best Film

BFI London Film Festival

33rd European Film Awards - Nominated Best European Film

St Petersburg International Film Festival Message to Man

Vancouver International Film Festival

Luxembourg CinEast Film Festival

Istanbul Filmekimi

Cologne Film Festival

Warsaw International Film Festival

Chicago International Film Festival - Best Cinematography Award for Vladimír Smutný

Mostra de Sao Paulo

Toruń Tofifest

Denver IFF

Tokyo International Fim Festival

Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Minsk International Film Festival Listapad

Cork Film Festival

Camerimage 2019 - Fipresci Award and Best Camera Award

Kolkata International Film Festival - Best Director Award

Visegrad Cinema Days

Tallinn Black Nights

Cairo International Film Festival

Spain - CinEast

Goa International Film Festival of India

Around the World in 14 Film Festival Berlin

Night Visions International Film Festival Helsinki

Cinergia Film Festival Lodz

USA – AFI European Union Film Showcase

Warsaw Jewish Film Festival - Best Screenplay and Best Camera Awards

Human Right Film Festival Zagreb & Rijeka 2019

Hong Kong International Film Festival

SLOVENIA – Animateka IFF

Kosmorama Trondheim Film Festival

Sydney International Film Festival

FICUNAM International Film Festival Mexico

Stockfish Film Festival (Reykjavik)

Zurich Yesh Film Festival

Miami Jewish Film Festival - Critic's Prize

Belgarde International Film Festival - Best Director Award

Pune International Film Festival

Black Movie Film Festival

1st Prize - Alexandre Trauner ART/Film Festival (Szolnok - Hungary)

Lagow IFF / Lubuskie Lato Filmowe - Best Film Award

Satellite Awards - Nominated Best Foreign Film

3KinoFest / Central European Film Festival - Best Film Award

Palm Springs IFF

Goteborg IFF

Atlanta Jewish IFF

Zoom Zbliźenia Jelenia Gora IFF (Poland)

Weisbaden goEast IFF (Germany)

Filmová škola Uherské hradiště (CZ)

Sarajevo IFF

Noir FF (CZ)

IFF Lubuskie Lato Filmowe (Poland)

Liége IFF

Brussels IFF

IFF Zlín (CZ)

Helsinki IFF

Finále Plzeň (CZ)

Dresden Days of CZ and D culture Germany)

Sofia Film Fest

Moscow Czech In Festival

Świdnica FF Spectrum (Poland)

Cast & Crew

Petr Kotlár A Boy
Udo Kier Miller
Lech Dyblik Lekh
Jitka Čvančarová Ludmila
Stellan Skarsgård Hans
Harvey Keitel Priest
Julian Sands Garbos
Aleksey Kravchenko Gavrila
Barry Pepper Mitka
SCREENWRITER, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER Václav Marhoul
Based on the Best Selling book by Jerzy Kosiński
CINEMATOGRAPHER Vladimír Smutný
PRODUCTION COMPANY Silver Screen
CO-PRODUCERS Česká Televize
Eduard & Milada Kučera
Directory Films
PubRes
Rozhlas a Televízia Slovenska
Certicon Group
innogy
Richard Kaucký
Alexander Kushaev
PRODUCTION DESIGN Jan Vlasák
EDITING Luděk Hudec
SOUND Pavel Rejholec
COSTUME DESIGN Helena Rovná
MAKE UP & HAIR DESIGNER Ivo Strangmüller
SPECIAL EFFECTS Viktor Müller
LINE PRODUCERS Kateřina Spůrová
Ales Týbl
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Tatiana Detlofson
1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Martin Stádník
2nd ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Tomás Chlost
EDIT & POSTPRODUCTION HET
VFX STUDIO UPP
SOUND POSTPRODUCTION Soundsquare
SUPPORTED BY Czech Film Fund
Creative Europe – MEDIA
Ministry of Culture Czech Republic
Ukrainian State Film Agency
Slovak Audiovisual Fund
Pilsner region
Southmoravian Film Fund
PARTNERS & SERVICE SUPPLIERS České dráhy, a.s.
Ministry of Defence Czech Republic
Česká Podnikatelská Pojisťovna, a.s.
General sponsors Jan Dobrovský, Jiří Rain, Petr Žaluda, Josef Koller,
Roman Bartuska
Sponsors Robert Bárta, Daniela Řepová, Frantisek Jezdinský,
Miroslav Jirounek, Evan Zohav Lazar, Jaroslav Pejčoch,
Jan Sýkora, Blanka Turturro,
Volvo Car Czech Republic, s.r.o
Screenplay developped with assistance of ScripTeast
INTERNATIONAL SALES Celluloid Dreams
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Silver Screen
Eduard & Milada Kučera
Directory Films
Rozhlas a Televízia Slovenska
Certicon Group
innogy
PubRes
Richard Kaucký

Releases

Greece - Weirdwave

05.03.2020

South Korea - M&M International

26.03.2020

US - IFC Films

17.07.2020

Brazil - Encripta

17.07.2020

Middle East - Front Row

21.07.2020

Spain - Cinemaran

01.08.2020

Sweden - Njuta

04.09.2020

UK - Eureka

11.09.2020

Netherlands - September

15.09.2020

Belgium - September

16.09.2020

Norway - Another World

16.10.2020

Taiwan - Cineplex

30.10.2020

Finland - Polonium

06.11.2020

Denmark - Another World

19.11.2020