We’ve worked with the Academy Award-winning studio NEON to present THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF, making it possible for you to see the film — and your ticket helps support the Belcourt. For $3.99, you can purchase a ticket for THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF — and you’ll have a 3-day / 72-hour window to watch it. (*Note: NEON’s Virtual Cinema is supported by Vimeo. You’ll need to create an account with Vimeo to pay for your ticket, but no monthly or annual subscription is needed. Your account will also ensure that you’re able to pause and revisit the film within your rental period.) NEON will share a portion of your ticket payment with the Belcourt. Please note that this arrangement, in these unprecedented times, means we’re unable to offer member pricing. Thanks for your understanding and support. And if you’d like to consider an additional donation to the Belcourt, we’d be most grateful. You can do so here. Note: After you have created a Vimeo account and entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for 3 days / 72 hours. You can view THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF via the link in the receipt that will be sent to your email, or simply click “Watch Film” when the confirmation page appears directly after purchase. You’ll be able to easily watch the THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF at any time within this period on any of the following platforms: (1) Smart TV, (using the browser on your Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Roku or Chromecast); (2) mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android); and (3) computer (by clicking on the link in your email receipt). For further details, see Vimeo’s FAQs here or contact NEON by email. For general information about watching on a bigger screen, see our FAQs here.
Young Czech artist Barbora Kysilkova relocates from Berlin to Oslo to launch her career as a painter. In April of 2015, her two most valuable, large-format paintings are stolen — in broad daylight from the window fronts of Galleri Nobel in Oslo's city center. Desperate for answers about the theft of her paintings, Barbora is presented with an unusual opportunity to reach out to one of the men involved in the heist — Norwegian career criminal, Karl-'Bertil' Nordland. Filmmaker Benjamin Ree begins to document the story after Barbora unbelievably invites her thief to sit for a portrait, capturing the unlikely relationship that ensues as the equally damaged duo find common ground and form an inseparable bond through their mutual affinity for art. Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Creative Storytelling at the Sundance Film Festival.
“Incredible… A stranger-than-fiction friendship story in which vérité techniques produce unbelievable results.” —Peter Debruge, Variety “The film’s sustained intimacy speaks highly of the trust the subjects came to feel for the filmmaker, who is able to cut to the quick as he follows and reveals their life phases while also maintaining a filmmaker’s discreet distance. It’s an unusual look at the slipperiness of the human condition.” —Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter “Shifts effortlessly from a potentially contrived affair to an unexpected, multi-layered journey of eye-opening discovery… The results are breathtaking to watch.” —Ed Gibbs, Little White Lies
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