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Eureka acquires UK and Irish rights to The Painted Bird


Eureka Entertainment has acquired all rights in the UK & Ireland to Czech director Vaclav Marhoul’s cinematic masterpiece The Painted Bird, a movie adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s controversial novel about a lone Jewish boy wandering through a cruel obstacle course of survival and abuse in Eastern Europe at the end of World War II.

Directed, written and produced by Marhoul, The Painted Bird, features a staggering central performance from the young Petr Kotlár alongside a star-studded international ensemble including Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgard, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands and Barry Pepper. The film 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.

Managing Director Ruth Schofield commented ‘We are delighted to have acquired The Painted Bird and to be working once again with the team at Celluloid Dreams. We felt this film was the perfect fit for Eureka & our Montage Pictures range, and we hope that film lovers will appreciate what an inspiring and thought-provoking film this is and what can only be described as a masterpiece.”

Eureka! are planning a theatrical release in 2020, ahead of a home video release as part of its Montage Pictures imprint. The film had its UK premiere as part of the BFI London Film Festival and will premiere in Ireland on 12 November as part of the 64th Cork Film Festival.

The Painted Bird has been selected as the Czech Republic’s official Oscar entry in the international feature film category.

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