For more than seven years Václav Marhoul worked on his feature film THE PAINTED BIRD. For this monumental work, shot on 35mm film, which celebrated its world premiere at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival, Marhoul managed to get Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Udo Kier, Barry Pepper and many other heavyweights in front of the the camera. The entire cast learned Inter-Slavic, an artificial language, which is universally understood throughout Central Europe, where the film's story is set. Knowing that Marhoul managed the Barrandov Film Studios in Prague for seven years and it was him who brought the first Hollywood productions to the Czech Republic in the 1990s, makes one understand how he managed to get it all done. THE PAINTED BIRD was the object of heated discussion in Venice, especially for its explicit depiction of violence on screen. Within the scope of the masterclass, Marhoul (born in Prague in 1960) will speak about his career path as an actor, director and producer, and address the topics of on-screen violence, taking an uncompromising approach to art and his fascination with the history of the Second World War.