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Chicago European Union Film Festival 2018
Chicago premiere!

A Real Vermeer

Een echte Vermeer

2016, Rudolf van den Berg, Netherlands/Belgium/Luxembourg, 115 min. With Jeroen Spitzenberger, Liza Feryn.

Show Times

  • Sun, Apr 1st 5:00pm
  • Wed, Apr 4th 8:00pm

The life of Han van Meegeren, one of Europe's most famous art forgers, is colorfully embroidered in this fictionalized account of his notorious career. A desperately poor married womanizer with champagne tastes, the talented artist Han finds his old-fashioned style spurned while critics and collectors swoon over the work of the up-and-coming Picasso. His revenge starts with seducing the beautiful Jólanka, wife of Holland's most powerful art critic, but soon takes the more lucrative path of forging paintings by Vermeer. Van Meegeren's new career becomes dangerous when one of his forgeries is coveted by a high-ranking Nazi, and the provenance of the work becomes the focus of a post-war show trial, with the artist accused as a collaborator. In Dutch with English subtitles. Courtesy of Paul Thiltges Distribution. ProRes digital. (BS)

Attendees will receive a complimentary Daelmans stroopwafel cookie.

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.


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