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The Painted Bird: first Czech film to vie for a Golden Lion at Venice in a quarter century

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For the first time in 25 years, a majority Czech feature is in the main competition at Venice, one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals. Director Václav Marhoul is vying for a Golden Lion award with his adaptation of The Painted Bird, a controversial novel set during WWII about a boy subject to all manner of abuse by eastern European villagers.

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