Welcome to
Golden Age cinema and bar
established MMXIII

Paramount House
80 Commonwealth Street
Surry Hills, Sydney

The Painter and the Thief

(Rated M)

<img alt=" data-lowsrc="" data-sizes="(max-width: 1300px) 100vw, 1400px" data-src="" data-srcset="" class="lazyload">
<img alt=" data-lowsrc="" data-sizes="(max-width: 1300px) 100vw, 1400px" data-src="" data-srcset="" class="lazyload">
<img alt=" data-lowsrc="" data-sizes="(max-width: 1300px) 100vw, 1400px" data-src="" data-srcset="" class="lazyload">
<img alt=" data-lowsrc="" data-sizes="(max-width: 1300px) 100vw, 1400px" data-src="" data-srcset="" class="lazyload">
“You’re the craziest person I’ve ever met”

Session Times

Loading...

Overview

An astonishing study of the potential of human compassion, Sundance award-winning documentary The Painter and the Thief is the fascinating account of the bond between a painter and the man who stole two of her most precious works. After her paintings are stolen from an Oslo gallery, Czech painter Barbora Kysilkova is left with more questions than answers. Eager to learn more, Kysilkova approaches one of the thieves, Karl-Bertil Nordland, at his criminal trial. Instead of coming at him with anger, she speaks to him with great gentleness, saying: “I’d love to make a portrait of you.” So begins their artist-muse relationship, where Kysilkova and Nordland realise they have more in common than they ever could have imagined.

Winner: Special Jury Award
— Sundance Film Festival 2020
“A beautiful story about extraordinary compassion”
— Little White Lies
“Fascinating, confounding and continually surprising”
— The Observer
“Astonishing... the cinematic equivalent of a cubist portrait”
— Variety

Why You Should See This Film

Winner of the Audience Award at the London Film Festival, and voted the best documentary of the year by the BBC and The Washington Post, The Painter and the Thief is the stuff documentary dreams are made of. Filmed over several years, director Benjamin Ree’s dedication and the subjects’ remarkable openness pay huge dividends — the final product is as rich and complex as a great work of art.

Session Times

Loading...

Session Times

There are no scheduled sessions for this film. Please return to the Now Showing page for upcoming films.

Select Session

  • Year: 2020
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Benjamin Ree
  • Duration: 102 minutes
  • Language: English and Norwegian with English subtitles
More Films You Might Like

‘THE GOOD OLD DAYS ARE NOW’

Sign up for the Golden Age newsletter