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The Painted Bird - Preview & UK release

Václav Marhoul’s cinematic masterpiece follows the journey of a boy, entrusted by his Jewish parents to an elderly foster mother in an effort to escape persecution. 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 him. An unflinching examination of the very worst of humanity it features a staggering central performance from the young Petr Kotlár alongside a star-studded international ensemble including Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands and Barry Pepper. Premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, the film has won ecstatic acclaim.

Q&A preview screening with director Václav Marhoul
Wednesday 25 March 2020, 6 pm
Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick Centre, London WC1N 1AW
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UK release: from 27 March 2020
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"I can state without hesitation that this is a monumental piece of work ★★★★★” – Xan Brooks,The Guardian

“Heart-wrenching (…) an emotional three-hour punch in the stomach” Hollywood Reporter

"Gruelling but brilliant (…) a mesmerising travelogue.” - David Jenkins, Little White Lies

“The film’s sheer unblinking stamina is as impressive as its pristine formal composure” - Guy Lodge, Variety

“a reminder of why war survival stories are essential to our understanding of innocence and beastliness.” - The Wrap







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