- Václav Marhoul
- Petr Kotlár, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, Barry Pepper
- Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Ukraine
- 169 min
Warning: Film contains scenes of extreme violence and a sexual nature, and nudity.
Separated from his parents, a Jewish nameless boy wanders through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, unfalteringly looking for a glimmer of hope in a world of extreme brutality. Based on the 1965 novel by Jerzy Kosiński, The Painted Bird, which premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, is a nightmarish experience, but, shot in 35mm monochrome, also ravishingly beautiful. It is a film about humanity at its most savage state, and its near miraculous ability to reform itself. A challenging yet unmissable masterpiece.