THE PAINTED BIRD

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by Václav Marhoul
2019 / Czech Republic / Slovak Republic / Ukraine / 169`
Drama / War

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. Struggling for pure survival, he journeys a world run by locals and villagers driven by prejudice, superstition and their own rules. When the war ends, however, his fight for survival is replaced by another struggle – a struggle he may not even be aware of, a struggle with himself, a struggle for his own soul, and his future…

directed by Václav Marhoul
written by Václav Marhoul, Jerzy Kosinski
director of photography Vladimír Smutný
production design by Jan Vlasák, Vlad Dudko
edited by Ludek Hudec
produced by Václav Marhoul
co-produced by Eduard Kucera, Milada Kucera, Igor Savychenko, Vladimír Mařík, Karel Kraus, Zuzana Mistrikova, Lubica Orechovská, Richard Kauskÿ, Volodymyr Filippov
cast

Petr Kotlár, Nina Shunevych, Alla Sokolova, Udo Kier, Michaela Doležalová, Zdeněk Pecha, Lech Dyblik, Jitka Čvančarová, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, Júlia Valentová Vidrnáková, Alexander Kravchenko, Barry Pepper, Petr Vaněk

casting by Nancy Bishop, Alla Samoilenko
sound design by Pavel Rejholec
costume design by Helena Rovna, Kostyantyn Kravets
make up by Ivo Strangmüller
production manager Katerina Spurová, Ales Tybl, Roman Klympush
production companies Silver Screen / Directory Films / PubRes / Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska
supported by Czech Film Fund, Creative Europe – MEDIA, Ministry of Culture CR – OMA, Ukrainian State Film Agency, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Pilsner region Southmoravian Film Fund
sales agent Celluloid Dreams
Date

01.06.2020