Sickened film-goers brawl to escape premiere of Holocaust movie Painted Bird featuring brutal scenes of incest, rape and mutilation

Sickened film-goers brawl to escape premiere of Holocaust movie Painted Bird featuring brutal scenes of incest, rape and mutilation

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A SHOCKING new film about the Holocaust was so distressing it reportedly saw sickened audience members fighting to leave the cinema at its first screening.

The Painted Bird is about a little Jewish boy’s battle to survive in Eastern Europe as the Nazis commit untold atrocities.

The Painted Bird follows a little Jewish boy trying to survive the Holocaust
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Shot in black and white like Schindler’s List – another harrowing Holocaust movie – it features brutal scenes of incest, bestiality, rape, mutilation and murder.

The opening scene sees the main character, played by Czech actor Petr Kotlar, nine, chased down before his pet ferret is snatched and burned alive in front of him.

Other scenes see him buried up to his neck and pecked by crows and tortured by an evil paedo.

But director Vaclav Marhoul’s horror fest was all too much for some at the Venice film festival Wednesday.

They reportedly ran for the exit – falling down stairs and fighting each other in their desperate bid to escape.

Stunning to look at but hard to watch”


Raphael Abraham, Financial Times

The first major walkout was sparked when a jealous husband gouges out the eyes of a teen who takes too much interest in his wife before feeding them to a cat, according to The Guardian.

Another scene where a woman has sex with a goat after trying to seduce the little boy who stars reportedly prompted a second mass exodus.

And disgusted viewers are said to have poured out during brutal war scenes involving Russian Cossack cavalry in the final part of the film.

But despite the unending horror, critics broadly hailed the film.

A savage, searing three-hour tour of hell”


Xan Brooks, The Guardian

A review in The Financial Times said The Painted Bird was “stunning to look at but hard to watch”.

Raphael Abraham wrote: “The accumulation of grotesque imagery prompted mass walkouts even among battle-hardened critics paid to sit through anything.”

And The Guardian described the movie as a “savage, searing three-hour tour of hell”.

Reviewer Xan Brooks wrote that “one day they’ll make a film about the first public screening of The Painted Bird”.


He went on: “It will feature the man who fell full-length on the steps in his effort to escape and the well-dressed woman who became so frantic to get out that she hit the stranger in the next seat.

“The centrepiece will be the moment 12 viewers broke for the doors only to discover that the exit had been locked.”

The Painted Bird will make its UK debut at BFI London International Film Festival on October 9.

One shocking scene sees the little boy buried up to his neck and pecked by crows
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Audience members were reportedly so sickened at some scenes they left
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Child actor Petr Kotlar who starred in the film, with director Vaclav Marhoul
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