THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF
2020, Benjamin Ree, Norway, 102 min.
"Incredible...a stranger-than-fiction friendship story in which vérité techniques produce unbelievable results."--Peter Debruge, Variety
"Nuanced and beguiling...intimate and involving as can be."--David Ehrlich, Indiewire
Desperate for answers about the theft of her 2 paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls. Director Ree comments, "I’ve always been fascinated with art theft. I think it’s because of the contrasts. The socially elevated art industry with a lot of cultural capital meets “lower-class” criminals with rough backgrounds. These contrasts raise questions that intrigue me. Who are these thieves? How do they choose their paintings, and is it for money or because of a genuine love of art?" Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Creative Storytelling at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. In English and Norwegian with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Neon)
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