The Painter and the Thief

1h 47m
  • Kunstneren og tyven
  • 23-01-2020
  • Documentary
  • Benjamin Ree
  • 0 votes

When two of artist Barbora Kysilkova’s most valuable paintings are stolen from a gallery at Frogner in Oslo, the police are able to find the thief after a few days, but the paintings are nowhere to be found. Barbora goes to the trial in hopes of finding clues, but instead she ends up asking the thief if she can paint a portrait of him. This will be the start of a very unusual friendship. Over three years, the cinematic documentary follows the incredible story of the artist looking for her stolen paintings, while at the same time turning the thief into art.


  • Image Barbora Kysilkova
    Barbora Kysilkova
  • Image Bjørn Inge Nordland
    Bjørn Inge Nordland
  • Image Karl-Bertil Nordland
    Karl-Bertil Nordland
  • Image Linda Ville Marie Ruud
    Linda Ville Marie Ruud
  • Image Øystein Stene
    Øystein Stene