The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird

Václav Marhoul

  • Director: Václav Marhoul
    Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper
    Release Date: Fri 27 Mar 2020
  • Club
  • 169


This film is rated Club, which means it can only be attended by those aged 18 and over.

Viewer discretion advised - this film contains strong violence, sexual violence and disturbing scenes. 


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. When the war ends, the boy has been changed, forever.


Shot in crisp black and white 35mm – Václav Marhoul’s The Painted Bird does far more than simply depict the horror of war. It is an unflinching examination of the very worst of humanity.