THE PAINTED BIRD by Vaclav Marhoul / 2019 / Czech Republic / Ukraine / Slovakia / Poland / 100`

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. Although the novel itself has been perceived as highly controversial since its publication in 1965, it has won global recognition and several prestigious literary awards. It is the first and the most celebrated novel by the author of the novels Being There and Pinball – one of the most significant and striking writers of the last century, Jerzy Kosiński.


Genre Historical drama
Directed by Vaclav Marhoul
Written by Vaclav Marhoul, Jerzy Kosiński
Director of photography Vladimír Smutný
Music by Petr Ostrouchov
Edited by Luděk Hudec
Cast Petr Kotlár, Nina Šunevič, Ala Sakalova, Lech Dyblik, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Petr Vaněk,  Julian Sands
Production design by Jan Vlasák,  Vlad Dudko
Costume design by Helena Rovná, Petr Pluhař, Kostyantyn Kravets
Make-up artists Ivo Strangmüller
Production companies Silver Screen / Directory Films / PubRes / Film Produkcja
Produced by Vaclav Marhoul
Co-produced by Eduard Kučera, Vladimír Mařík, Karel Kraus,

Igor Savychenko, Lubica Orechovská, Stanislaw Dziedzic

Co-financed by State Cinematography Fund of Czech Republic / Ministry of Culture of the CR – OMA  / Ukrainian State Film Agency Creative Europe – MEDIA
World Sales Film Constellation

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