Václav Marhoul Petr Kotlár, Udo Kier, Lech Dyblik, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel
Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovak Republic / 2019 / Interslavic language, Czech, Russian, German / 169 minutes / DCP / Black & White
A brutal, unflinching adaptation of Jerzy Kosi ski’s 1965 novel, Václav Marhoul’s black-and-white tour de force is the first film ever made in the Interslavic language. The Painted Bird tells the story of a young Jewish boy, forced to fend for himself in a hostile, East European hellscape during World War II. Drawing enthusiastic comparisons to Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood and Klimov’s Come and See, Marhoul’s searing juxtaposition of horror and beauty explodes in one of the year’s most powerful films.