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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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Watch a pre-recorded Q&A during the film’s week-long engagement found here: https://neonrated.com/posts/the-painter-and-the-thief-q-a

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