Streaming Release! (CC)

The Painter and the Thief


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The Loft Cinema will be splitting the revenue with the film’s distributor 50/50. Once you purchase an “e-ticket” you will be sent a link & password to view the film. You can watch The Painter and The Thief for 72 hours after your purchase on your computer, tablet, smartphone, and other digital devices. Click here for FAQs on streaming the film.

“This unpredictable art heist doc is a stranger-than-fiction friendship story in which vérité techniques produce unbelievable results.” – Peter Debruge, Variety

Desperate for answers about the theft of her two paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls. What follows—over a series of portraits and many years—is an extraordinary story of human connection and friendship. Using a structure that cleverly shifts perspectives, Norwegian filmmaker Benjamin Ree unfolds the fraught lives and vulnerabilities of two souls who come to recognize themselves in the other. Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Storytelling at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. (Dir. by Benjamin Ree, 2020, Norway, in English and Norwegian with English subtitles, 102 mins., Not Rated) 

Closed CaptionsClosed Captions Available.