Full UK Trailer for Czech Horrors-of-War B&W Film 'The Painted Bird'

January 2, 2020
Source: YouTube

The Painted Bird Trailer

"He endured iniquity from many people." Eureka Entertainment has unveiled an official UK trailer for the Czech war drama The Painted Bird, originally titled Nabarvené ptáce in Czechia. This premiered at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals last fall, and is Czechia's official submission to this year's Academy Awards (for last year). Written & directed by Czech filmmaker Václav Marhoul (of Smart Philip, Tobruk), adapted from Jerzy Kosinski's classic novel of the same name, it's about a young Jewish boy wandering around Eastern Europe alone during WWII. The raw B&W 35mm film is described as an "evocation of wild, primitive Eastern Europe at the bloody close of World War II." The Painted Bird is a deeply dramatic story examining the immediate relationship between terror and cruelty on one side and innocence and love on the other. The film stars Petr Kotlár as The Boy, along with Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, Lech Dyblik, Aleksey Kravchenko, Petr Vaněk, & Barry Pepper. Take a look below.

Here's the full UK trailer (+ new poster) for Václav Marhoul's The Painted Bird, from Eureka's YouTube:

The Painted Bird Poster

You can still watch the festival promo trailer for Marhoul's The Painted Bird here, to see even more footage.

A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II where he encounters many different characters. Václav Marhoul has spent more than a decade writing, producing, directing The Painted Bird. He acquired rights to the novel in 2010, shortly after his 2008 feature Tobruk. First published in 1965, The Painted Bird is a notoriously tough read for the way it depicts the brutality and suffering that the boy experiences and witnesses as he wanders from village to village. Altered forever by his ordeal, he struggles for his soul and future after the war. The Painted Bird is both written and directed by Czech filmmaker Václav Marhoul, director of the films Smart Philip and Tobruk previously. Adapted from the late Polish writer Jerzy Kosinski's classic novel of the same name, published in 1965. This initially premiered at both the Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival last fall. The film opens in cinemas in the UK starting on March 27th, 2020, but no US date is set yet. Stay tuned for updates. Anyone into this?

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I missed it when it played here during Film festival. It won't be an easy watch, but I'm still interested ...

shiboleth on Jan 2, 2020


Yea, this is one of those films we discuss that is a must see, shiboleth. Just that it's based on a novel by Kosinski is enough, but this trailer is awesome for the incredible images it shows. The black and white photography is the best I've seen for quite a while and shot wide screen which is always a positive for me. The Lighthouse photography and the box screen were a turn off for me. Yes, it might be difficult to watch and that comes with the territory with regards to what this is about. Righto?Cheers!

thespiritbo on Jan 2, 2020


Agreed, it looks good and a challenging watch. In a good sense, f course. What more should one expect? Let's hope it's just going to be a very good one ...

shiboleth on Jan 3, 2020


Yea, let's hope. I liked the trailer and it looks to me like it going to be pretty good. I take a risk on it, for sure.

thespiritbo on Jan 3, 2020


I saw it at TIFF. Very tough to watch but very powerful if you can sit through it. I'd be curious to learn what drew the director to it and what motivated him to spend more than a decade on it.

Panaggio on Jan 3, 2020


Looks like a strong film that calls back a horrible history.

DAVIDPD on Jan 6, 2020

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