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THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF

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When two paintings are stolen from Oslo-based artist Barbora Kysilkova, the police catch the thieves within a few days. But the paintings are never found. Barbora attends the court case hoping to find clues for where they can be but finds herself compelled to walk over to one of the criminals to ask another question: “I wonder if I could paint you?” Thief Karl-Bertil answers without hesitation: “That would be possible.”

Thus begins the relationship between an artist and her unlikely muse—which soon evolves into an even more unlikely friendship. Barbora eventually becomes Karl-Bertil’s closest ally when he is severely hurt in a car crash and needs full time care. Filmed over three years, the documentary follows a remarkable story of human connection that takes turns that one could never have imagined.

'THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF' STORIES
The Painter and the Thief - A strange, joyful examination of an artist and her muse
THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF
A strange, joyful examination of an artist and her muse
It's not a black-and-white narrative with a good guy, a bad guy, and a clear-cut scheme. It's a raw yet rich exploration of the messiness of human relationships, their beauty and depravity.
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THEATRICAL RELEASE: 25/03/2021
RUN TIME: 1h 42m
CAST: Barbora Kysilkova
Karl-Bertil Nordland
Øystein Stene
Linda Ville Marie Ruud
Bjørn Inge Nordland
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Benjamin Ree
PRODUCER: Ingvil Giske
SCORE: Uno Helmersson
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