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still from "The Painted Bird", Silver Screen et al., IMDb It's now available but where can I watch the Painted Bird online? Here's how to check out one of the most controversial films in recent memory. Why do we watch films? There are many reasons; for entertainment, comfort, to learn about other cultures, ourselves, history. There are plenty of audiences who don't wish to be confronted by cinema.
On the other hand, there are those who appreciate being challenged and subsequently seek out films which can be described by less seasoned viewers as endurance tests. Cinephiles who seek boundary pushing efforts will be familiar with the likes of Gaspar Noé, Lars von Trier, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Carlos Reygadas and Michael Haneke. However, this year, attention in these circles has been firmly on Czech director Václav Marhoul and his latest – and third – feature, The Painted Bird. As an adaptation of Jerzy Kosiński's 1965 novel of the same name, we centre on the agonising journey of a young boy as he navigates war-stricken Eastern Europe, encountering brutality and abuse at every single turn. Its premiere at the 76th Venice International Film Festival prompted walkouts from disgusted audiences, yet it earned a standing ovation at the 35th Warsaw International Film Festival.
The film was destined to divide, but here's how to see which side you sit on… still from "The Painted Bird", Silver Screen et al., IMDb Where can I watch The Painted Bird online? The Painted Bird is available to stream on a number of platforms, including Amazon Prime Video. Here is the full list. As highlighted by Eureka Video, The Painted Bird is available to stream in the following places: Amazon Prime Video BFI Player Curzon Home Cinema [email protected] Rio Cinema Online Vimeo On Demand It's available to stream from Friday, September 11th 2020 and the source also notes that it's screening in a variety of cinemas. So, if you're interested in seeing it on the big screen instead, be sure to head over to the website and check if it's screening in your local area. Is it free to stream? No, The Painted Bird is not available to stream for free in the aforementioned places. Over on Amazon Prime Video, the price for rental in HD is £9.99. Similarly, it costs £10.00 on BFI Player. It costs £9.99 on Curzon Home Cinema, but it's worth noting that discount is offered to members, so it may be worth signing up and renting from there. On the whole, you're essentially looking at spending £10 if you want to watch it while the buzz surrounding the film is still strong. It will also likely be available on illegal download sites but we do not condone or promote sites of this kind. The legal, easy and safe way to access the film is through the sources listed above. This content could not be loaded ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ THE GUARDIAN ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ RADIO TIMES ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ IRISH TIMES ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ DMOVIES Vaclav Marhoul's cinematic masterpiece THE PAINTED BIRD is in cinemas and streaming NOW. pic.twitter.com/bVWpqQ05ul — Eureka Entertainment (@Eurekavideo) September 11, 2020 Audiences talk The Painted Bird on Twitter A number of viewers have already shared their thoughts on the film over on Twitter and the discussion is clearly set to continue for some time. Check out a selection of tweets: This content could not be loaded One of the year's best films so far is THE PAINTED BIRD (2020): An unsettling, unforgettable masterpiece with a brilliant focus on imagery over dialogue. Powerful, perfectly cast and beautifully made, the near three hour work is all-around striking in its use of black and white. — Andrew Buckner (@moviesforlife09) July 20, 2020 This content could not be loaded Made the decision not to review The Painted Bird because I have nothing good to say about it. Son of Saul it ain't. — Linda Marric (@Linda_Marric) September 11, 2020 This content could not be loaded The Painted Bird.. devastating, just incredible. #TIFF19 pic.twitter.com/OqXGMrNHTH — Im (@_FILMBuFF_) September 15, 2019 This content could not be loaded The Painted Bird carries its influences on its sleeve which is a shame because all I could think about was how someone has already done this better. It was still a good movie but I wish the director tried things his own way more often. — Logan (@Mc_Bumpy) July 18, 2020 This content could not be loaded Watched the movie The Painted Bird last night. Good movie to watch if some disaster is about to wipe us all out. The movie will make you think, "Well, no big loss." — Ronald A. Lindsay (@RALindsay) August 9, 2020 In other news, who is Naomi Osaka's boyfriend? A controversial film that's been branded one of the most brutal Second World War films of all time has been released for all to see. Ever since its festival debut in 2019, The Painted Bird has been both praised and criticised for refusing to shy away from the horrors featured in Jerzy Kosiński's source material. Those who have read the novel won't be surprised – it shows the war through the eyes of a young boy, who witnesses depravity in the form of incest, bestiality and rape. Going by the reviews of Václav Marhoul's adaptation, the Czech film is a "savage three-hour tour of hell", with critic Xan Brooks even stating he hopes to "never cross its path again." The Independent called it "a circus of the grotesque without cause or direction". According to those who were present at The Painted Bird's Venice Film Festival premiere in September 2019, it was so shocking that more than half of its audience walked out midway through. The black-and-white film stars, among others, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel and Udo Kier, and was set to be released in the UK on 27 March. It was delayed until September because of Covid-19.