The Director Series

Join us each month as we present impactful documentary films highlighting heroic adventures, sustainable agriculture, marine ecology, social justice, the environmental crisis and stirring human interest stories.
Films will be offered on-demand 24/7 for 10-14 days each month and will include a livestream Q&A with the filmmakers during the streaming period.
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December 4, 2020
The Painter and the Thief opens Friday Harbor
Film Festival's "The Director Series"

The Painter and the Thief will screen on-demand from Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 13 and kicks off our new series offering films and livestream Q&A with filmmakers during each of the coming months.


The Painter and the Thief

Benjamin Ree, Director

102 minutes

Young Czech artist Barbora Kysilkova relocates from Berlin to Oslo to launch her career as a painter. In April of 2015, her two most valuable, large-format paintings are stolen - with care - in broad daylight from the windowfronts of Galleri Nobel in Oslo's city center.


Desperate for answers about the theft of her paintings, Barbora is presented with an unusual opportunity to reach out to one of the men involved in the heist - Norwegian career criminal, Karl-'Bertil' Nordland.


Filmmaker Benjamin Ree begins to document the story after Barbora unbelievably invites her thief to sit for a portrait, capturing the unlikely relationship that ensues as the equally damaged duo find common ground and form an inseparable bond through their mutual affinity for art.

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