The theft of two major paintings starts an improbable friendship. Using CCTV recordings, the artist victim tracks down the drug-addicted thief and confronts him in court. She asks him to pose for a portrait in lieu of compensation. While sitting for the artist, the thief talks about his unlucky life and she cares for him with breakfasts, hugs and just by listening. This doesn't prevent his self-destructive behaviour landing him first in hospital and later in prison. However, the tables are turned when he is released.

Director Benjamin Ree's emotional, yet unsentimental psychological double-portrait hops back and forth in time and between perspectives. The improbable duo prove intrinsic soulmates.

Screenings

  • Mon 27 Jan Pathé 2
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  • Tue 28 Jan Cinerama 1
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  • Wed 29 Jan Cinerama 6
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  • Thu 30 Jan Pathé 4
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Original title
Kunstneren og tyven
Filmmaker
Benjamin Ree
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Norway, Sweden
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
102’
Language
English, Norwegian
Producer
Ingvil Giske
Production Company
Medieoperatørene
Sales
Medieoperatørene
Cinematography
Benjamin Ree, Kristoffer Kumar
Editor
Robert Stengård
Sound Design
Svenn Jakobsen
Music
Uno Helmersson