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“I don’t take it personally” – Julian Sands talks about the walkouts from screenings of controversial drama The Painted Bird

“I don’t take it personally” – Julian Sands talks about the walkouts from screenings of controversial drama The Painted Bird

We must preface this interview by stating this was supposed to be on camera, but thanks to dodgy internet signals, instead we reverted to a phone call, as we spoke to the wise and pensive actor Julian Sands, to mark the release of the controversial drama The Painted Bird.

The film – which provoked mass walk-outs upon its premiere in Venice last year, and at several film festivals since, has picked up notoriety, known by many for its violent, challenging sequences, as it is its masterful artistry. We asked Sands – famed for his roles in movies such as A Room With a View and The Killing Fields – how this made him feel.

“You know, Vaclav [Marhoul, the director] spent 10 years or more making this film,” he began. “For me, I’ve done several other projects in the meantime, and so it’s not quite as viscerally painful to hear about people’s unhappiness about

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