The Painted Bird in Cinemas Nationwide (UK & Ireland) and On Demand from 11 September 2020


Featuring a staggering central performance from the young Petr Kotlár alongside a star-studded international ensemble including Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands and Barry PepperThe Painted Bird has won ecstatic acclaim, with The Guardian’s Xan Brooks describing the film as “a monumental piece of work” rewarding the film with a five-star review.

The film follows the journey of a boy, entrusted by his Jewish parents to an elderly foster mother in an effort to escape persecution. Following a tragedy, the boy is on his own.  Wandering through the desecrated countryside, the boy encounters villagers and soldiers whose own lives have been brutally altered, and who are intent on revisiting this brutality on the boy. When the war ends, the boy has been changed, forever.

Shot in crisp black and white 35mm – Václav Marhoul’s The Painted Bird does far more than simply depict the horror of war. It is an unflinching examination of the very worst of humanity.


The Painted Bird will be available to STREAM via the following digital platforms from 11 September 2020:

Amazon Prime Video

BFI Player

Curzon Home Cinema


The Painted Bird will be screening at the following cinemas from 11 September 2020:

London; BFI Southbank; 11 September 2020

London; Riverside Studios; 11 September 2020

Edinburgh; Filmhouse; 11 September 2020

Manchester; Home; 11 September 2020

Aberdeen; Belmont Filmhouse; 11 September 2020


Oban; Oban Phoenix Cinema; 11 September 2020 (1 Day)

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