The Painted Bird

Dir: Václav Marhoul
Cast: Petr Kotlár, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel
169mins   2019   Czech Republic | Slovakia | Ukraine   18   Czech, German, Russian, Latin    Subtitled   

Set in Eastern Europe at the bloody close of World War II, The Painted Bird follows the journey of a boy, entrusted by his Jewish parents to an elderly foster mother in an effort to escape persecution. Following a tragedy, the boy is on his own.  Wandering through the desecrated countryside, the boy encounters villagers and soldiers whose own lives have been brutally altered, and who are intent on revisiting this brutality on the boy.

'I can state without hesitation that this is a monumental piece of work and one I'm deeply glad to have seen' - Xan Brooks, The Guardian