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The Painted Bird film still

The Painted Bird

  •   Václav Mahoul
  •   Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovak Republic
  •   International Competition


This harrowing adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s controversial 1965 novel follows a young Polish boy forced to fend for himself as he traverses Eastern Europe during the brutal years of World War II. A decade-long labor of love for director Václav Marhoul, the film balances physical and psychological horror with breathtaking visuals reminiscent of Elem Klimov’s masterwork Come and See.

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

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Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Director Václav Marhoul


International Competition Program Patron

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Event Information

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

  •   169 minutes
AMC River East 21
322 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

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