Neon has acquired the worldwide rights to “The Painter and the Thief,” a documentary from Norwegian filmmaker Benjamin Ree that won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Storytelling at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
When two paintings by Czech naturalist Barbora Kysilkova are stolen from an Oslo, Norway art gallery in 2015, the thieves are quickly identified, but the paintings are nowhere to be found.
Hoping to learn what happened, Kysilkova reaches out to one of the thieves, Karl-Bertil Nordland, asking to paint him. What follows over a series of portraits is an unlikely friendship.
Using a structure that cleverly shifts perspectives, Ree unfolds the lives and vulnerabilities of two people who come to recognize themselves in the other.
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