Director: Benjamin Ree
102 minutes
Unclassified 15+

“an astounding portrait of forgiveness and empathy.” (Entertainment Voice)

Described by The Guardian as “the year’s most moving documentary” this Sundance-winning true story is unflinchingly honest and sweetly delicate in its depiction of the growing emotional bond between an artist and the junkie thief who stole her paintings. Part detective story, she seeks the paintings’ recovery, while turning the thief into her subject and slowly finding the story behind his damaged soul. Except he is not the only damaged soul. The film has gathered rave reviews, with the New Republic claiming that this “unlikely film about beauty, fate, and the radical politics of forgiveness, The Painter and the Thief will restore your faith in human intimacy, no matter how battered that faith might be.”

“the film resonates most deeply during its raw, vulnerable scenes” (NY Times)

Film Type Documentary
Program Strand Documentary Competition
Language Norwegian, English
Subtitles English
Director Benjamin Ree
Producer Ingvil Giske
Cinematographer Benjamin Ree, Kristoffer Kumar
Editor Robert Stengård
Music Uno Helmersson
Accolades Sundance, Special Jury Prize, 2020; Hong Kong, Golden Firebird Award, 2020; Norwegian FF, Best Film, 2020; Thessaloniki, 2020
Genre Art, Crime

Screens with: Fun Times

Director: Matthew Victor Pastor
7 minutes
Unclassified 15+

This observational drama centres on a teenage boy Sammy, surrounded by violent masculinity in suburban Australia.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Shorts Before Features
Language English
Director Matthew Victor Pastor
Producer CJ Welsh
Screenwriters Llewellyn Michael Bates
Cinematographer Matthew Victor Pastor
Editor Matthew Victor Pastor
Music Andrew Tran
Cast Abdul Muhaimin, Charlotte Nicdao, Waiyee Rivera
Genre Coming of Age, Disability, Social Issue