Václav Marhoul‘s The Painted Bird will finally make it’s home release debut from Eureka Entertainment on Blu-ray from November, released on their Montage Pictures label.
The Blu-ray will include the feature-length documentary 11 COLOURS OF THE BIRD, a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible 11-year process it took director Václav Marhoul to create the film version of Jerzy Kosiński’s controversial novel.
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 Pepper. The 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 Peoples Movies writer Lukas Vojacek also gave the film 5 stars describing it as a “a skilfully designed depiction of war and human cruelty “.
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.
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SPECIAL BLU-RAY EDITION CONTAINS
Limited Edition O-Card slipcase (1000 copies only) | 1080p presentation on Blu-ray | Optional English subtitles | 11 Colours of the Bird: The Making of ‘The Painted Bird’ [125 mins] – a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible 11-year process it took director Václav Marhoul to create the film version of Jerzy Kosiński’s controversial novel | PLUS: A collector’s booklet featuring an essay on the film by Jason Wood (1000 copies only)
CZECH REPUBLIC/SLOVAKIA | 2019 | 18 | WAR/DRAMA | 169 MINUTES | B&W| 2.39:1 | CZECH/SLOVAK/ SLAVIC/GERMAN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES (OPTIONAL)
Available to order from: Eureka Store
The Painted Bird will be released by Eureka Entertainment on their Montage Pictures label on Blu-ray from 16th November.