Venice Title The Painted Bird Chosen As Czech Oscar Submission As Poland, Pakistan & Taiwan Also Enter Race

Hard-hitting Venice competition movie The Painted Bird has been selected by the Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) as the Czech Republics international Oscar entry.

Described as an “evocation of wild, primitive Eastern Europe at the bloody close of World War II,” director-producer Václav Marhouls black-and-white 35mm Holocaust feature follows the journey of The Boy, entrusted by his persecuted parents to an elderly foster mother. The old woman soon dies and The Boy is on his own, wandering through the country-side, from village to farmhouse. As he struggles for survival, The Boy suffers through extraordinary brutality meted out by the ignorant, superstitious peasants and he witnesses the terrifying violence of the efficient, ruthless soldiers, both Russian and German.

Adaptated from the Jerzy Kosinski (Being There) novel of the same name, the dark drama prompted a number of walk-outs at Toronto and Venice due to its tough subject.

The cast, led by newcomer Petr Kotlar, includes Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgard, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, Barry Pepper, Lech Dyblik, Jitka Cvancarova and Aleksey Kravchenko.

The actors speak an invented language, described by Marhoul as a “Slavic Esperanto”, so the film isnt associated with any one country. Shoot on the movie is said to have taken around 16 months at 43 different locations in the Ukraine, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic.

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