PRAGUE: The Painted Bird directed by Václav Marhoul has been sold by CAA Media Finance and Celluloid Dreams to IFC Films in the USA.
The film has been selected as Czech Republic’s candidate for the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the best international feature film category.
The Painted Bird is the first majority Czech coproduction selected for the main competition of the Venice Film Festival (2019) in 25 years and it was also selected for the Special Presentations section of the 44th Toronto IFF (5-15 September 2019).
The Painted Bird is an adaptation of Jerzy Kosiński’s bestseller and stars the 9-year-old Czech actor Petr Kotlár alongside Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier and Harvey Keitel. The cast includes Lech Dyblik, Jitka Čvančarová, Julian Sand, Aleksey Kravchenko and Barry Pepper.
The film was produced by Silver Screen in coproduction with the Czech Television, Directory Films, PubRes and RTVS. It was supported by the Czech State Cinematography Fund, Creative Europe – MEDIA, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Ukrainian State Film Agency.