A controversial new Holocaust film is so graphic that people were frantic to escape a screening

  • “The Painted Bird” made its premiere at the Venice film festival earlier this week, and its controversial subject matter caused massive walkouts in the audience.
  • The film focuses on an abused young Jewish boy who witnesses extreme depravity – such as bestiality, incest, rape, and torture – while trying to flee the Holocaust.
  • While most critics seemed to agree that the film wasn’t an easy watch, many praised the actors and filmmakers for undertaking such a bold, meaningful project.
  • Others felt that the film was excessive in its violence and sexual acts.

A controversial new film is causing critics to walk out of screenings due to its brutal depictions of rape, bestiality, incest, and torture.

“The Painted Bird,” which focuses on an abused young Jewish boy trying to flee the Holocaust, premiered at the Venice film festival earlier this week, and prompted massive walkouts during certain parts of the film.

According to the Daily Mail, there were several scenes that caused critics at the Venice screening to exit the theatre.

The first involves a jealous miller whom the boy encounters after he’s pushed into a river and carried downstream. Distraught at the attention his wife pays a younger man, the miller uses a spoon to gauge out the man’s eyeballs, which he then feeds to the cats.

Another walkout occurred when the boy is seduced by a nymphomaniac, who then takes out her sexual frustrations by having sex with a goat.

And the final exit was spurred by a scene of Russian Cossacks brutally invading and massacring an entire village, according to the Daily Mail.

Read the article by Libby Torres on Business Insider Australia.