The Painted Bird
First screened in October 2019
Director: Václav Marhoul. Cast: Petr Kotlár, Nina Shunevych, Alla Sokolova, Petr Vanek, Udo Kier, Jitka Cvancarová, Lech Dyblik, Radim Fiala, Stepán Havlín, Tim Kalkhof, Filip Kankovský, Harvey Keitel, Aleksey Kravchenko, Pavel Kríz, Irena Máchová, Antonín Masek, Barry Pepper, Denisa Pfauzerová, Ala Sakalova, Julian Sands, Milan Simácek, Stellan Skarsgård, Petr Stach, Nina Sunevic, Julia Valentova, Dominik Weber. Screenplay: Václav Marhoul (based on the novel by Jerzy Kosiński). Twitter Capsule:
Not Job, not Judy, nobody suffered like this kid. Lucky for us, or maybe not, it's unforgettably shot and staged.
One could debate the value of representing so much trauma, but beyond its technical bravura, there's something bracing in the film's unblinking gaze.