Virtual Cinema: The Painted Bird

Václav Marhoul

9 September 2020

We're pleased to support the online release of Václav Marhoul’s harrowing film The Painted Bird from Friday 11 September. When you stream this vital film via our special link below, DCA receives some revenue from your purchase – just as we would if you bought a cinema ticket at our Box Office. You'll also receive 10% off your virtual ticket!

The Painted Bird is a plunge into the darkest corners of the human soul. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, the film – featuring an ensemble cast that includes Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgård and Udo Kier – tells the story of a lone Jewish child (Petr Kotlár) who wanders Eastern Europe during the Second World War, meeting senseless violence and torture along the way. In a defining moment, a peasant shows the boy the flight of a captive bird, painted and released back into its flock. The bird, now different from its fellows, is ripped apart. That critical lesson embodies the boy's own experiences: difference is fatal.

“a plunge into the darkest corners of the human soul… not for the faint-hearted”

Marhoul's film is a series of tableaux that take our helpless protagonist on a brutal journey into a period of incongruous and untempered hatred and fear of the other. This harsh world is captured in uncomfortable detail in Vladimir Smutny's stunning 35mm black-and-white cinematography and Pavel Rejholec's powerful sound work.

Watch the trailer below, then click Rent in the upper right hand corner - 10% will be automatically deducted off your purchase. The Painted Bird is rated 18 by the BBFC and virtual 'tickets' cost £9.99 (£8.99 with your discount applied!).

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