The Painter and the Thief
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.
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.
- Year: 2020
- Rating: M
- Director: Benjamin Ree
- Duration: 102 minutes
- Language: English and Norwegian with English subtitles