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Ruben Brandt, Collector


Fizzing with originality and nonstop cinema and art in-jokes, with terrific visual design, Ruben Brandt, Collector is a fantasy opus mixing thriller, film noir and heist action-adventure.

“Voluptuously trippy … a joyously wild, animated ride through art, cinema and psychology.” – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

Ruben (whose name combines two famous artists, Rubens and Rembrandt) is a psychotherapist tormented by terrible nightmares in which he is attacked by people (and monsters) from famous paintings. Some of his criminal patients, including lovely kleptomaniac cat burglar Mimi, decide to steal the paintings to help cure him. Ruben and his band of thieves strike regularly with great success: The Louvre, Tate, Uffizi, Hermitage, Museum of Modern Art. The mysterious “Collector” quickly becomes the most wanted criminal in the world. Gangsters and headhunters chase him while the reward for his capture grows astronomically. A cartel of insurance companies entrusts Mike Kowalski, a private detective specializing in art theft, with a thing for Mimi, to solve the “Collector Case.” Directed and co-written by Slovenian Milorad Krstić, Ruben Brandt, Collector is a one of the most delightfully original European animated films since The Triplets of Belleville(Dir. by Milorad Krstic, 2018, Hungary, in English/Hungarian with English subtitles, 96 mins., Rated R)

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