THE PAINTED BIRD

Czech  Republic/Poland/
Slovakia/Ukraine

2019

director.gif (905 bytes)Václav Marhoul

CAST

Petr Vanek - Nikodem
Jitka Cvancarová - Ludmila

Stellan Skarsgård - Hans

Harvey Keitel - Priest
Udo Kier - Miller
Julian Sands - Garbos
Aleksey Kravchenko - Gavrila
Pavel Kríz - Avid man
 Tim Kalkhof - SS Officer
 Petr Vanek - Nikodem
Jitka Cvancarová - Ludmila


 


SYNOPSIS

Based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski. Trying to protect their child from the mass extermination of Jews, a Jewish couple sends their son to a relative in the countryside somewhere in Eastern Europe. However, the boy’s aunt dies unexpectedly and the child is forced to set out on a lone journey through the wild and hostile world governed only by local rules, prejudices and superstitions. When the war ends, his fight for physical survival is replaced by a different kind of a fight. A battle he may not even be aware of, a battle with himself, a battle for his soul, his future...
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button_box.gif (205 bytes)STELLAN:

"It's a great book that excited me years ago when I read it for the first time. I met Vaclav Marhoul, the director of the adaptation, years ago. His sister was married to one of my friends. I didn't hear from him for a long time and he turned to me with this bizarre project a few years ago. My role cannot really be called a role. I only have two filming days, but I wanted to do this film. In addition, I love filming in Prague."

button_box.gif (205 bytes)PRODUCTION NOTES & PHOTOS:

With a budget of 5.9 million euros, the film began shooting on March 23, 2017. With 105 shooting days planned, the production was split into six phases with filming taking place in Slovakia, in the Czech Republic and, for the final phase, in the Polish town of Świebodzice in June 2018. The budget of the project was €5.8 million and the final film should be unveiled in May 2019, before going on general release in Slovak and Czech cinemas in September 2019.

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