The Painted Bird

Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, 2019, 169 min.


Václav Marhoul


Tatiana Detlofson,
Aleksandr Kushaev,
Václav Marhoul,
Zuzana Mistríková,
Lubica Orechovská,
Igor Savychenko,
Katerina Spurová,
Ales Tybl


Václav Marhoul

Rights Holder

Celluloid Dreams, Pascale Ramonda


Vladimír Smutný


Petr Kotlár, Udo Kier, Lech Dyblik, Jitka Čvančarová, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, Aleksey Kravchenko, Barry Pepper


Silver Screen

Based on the acclaimed Jerzy Kosinski novel.

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.

2019 Venice IFF (Italy) – The Main Competition
2019 Toronto IFF (Canada) – Special Presentations
Václav Marhoul - 1

Václav Marhoul

Was born in 1960 in Prague. After graduation from the Prague Film Academy (FAMU) Marhoul worked for several years as a production assistant and later as deputy production manager. As a director he debuted in 2003, with the feature-length film SMART PHILIP, which received awards from various festivals including the Houston Film Festival. His second feature-length film TOBRUK (2008) received eight nominations for the Czech Lion awards of the Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA), as well as several awards at international festivals.

Selected filmography

2019 The Painted Bird

2008 Tobruk

2003 Mazaný Filip