The Painter and the Thief

1 Hr. 42 Min.



$3.99 for 3-day rental
50% of proceeds will help support MKE Film!

Desperate for answers about the theft of her 2 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.


"[A] nuanced and beguiling new documentary about the various things we all take from each other."
- indieWire


"Clearly and powerfully connects the painter with her muse in an arresting and unusual way."
- Little White Lies


"An engrossing Norwegian documentary born of the unlikely but resilient bond between a young female artist and a career criminal who stole two of her large canvases."
- Hollywood Reporter


All About MKE Film

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and Cultures and Communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

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