The Painter and the Thief (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 47m
“You’re the craziest person I’ve ever met”

An astonishing study of the potential of human compassion, award-winning documentary The Painter and the Thief is the fascinating account of the bond between an artist and the man who stole two of her most precious works. After her paintings are stolen from an Oslo gallery, Czech painter Barbora Kysilkova is left with more questions than answers. Eager to learn more, Kysilkova approaches one of the thieves, Karl-Bertil Nordland, at his criminal trial. Surprisingly, she speaks to him with great gentleness, saying: “I’d love to make a portrait of you.” So begins their artist-muse relationship, where Kysilkova and Nordland realise they have more in common than they ever could have imagined.

★★★★ “A beautiful story about extraordinary compassion” — Little White Lies


Benjamin Ree


English, Norwegian