The Painted Bird

Dir. Václav Marhoul | 169 min
Narrative Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine 2019
GermanCzechRussian with English subtitles

Official Oscar® Entry – Czech Republic

Based on the celebrated novel by Jerzy Kosinski, this staggering work of beauty follows the brutal hardships of a young, Jewish boy as he wanders the countryside during World War II in search of some respite from the atrocities of daily life.

Featuring standout performances from Stellan Skarsgård and Harvey Keitel, this harrowing film overflows with incredible imagery shot in vivid black and white.

Note: Film contains adult content, violence, and nudity

Playing (along with Those Who Remained) as part of the AFI European Union Film Showcase. Browse additional showtimes here.


Wednesday, December 187:00 PM


  • The Painted Bird is inarguably effective and immersive, its hard, unyielding gaze backed up by the muscularity of its craft.Guy Lodge, Variety

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This event finished on December 19, 2019.