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How to stream ‘The Painter and the Thief’

An unlikely friendship develops between a painter and the thief who stole from her.


Eduardo Ramirez


The Painter and the Thief is a documentary by Norwegian filmmaker Benjamin Ree, who is known for his earlier work on the BBC. Ree was reportedly inspired to make this documentary by his interest in art robberies.

The film follows Czech painter Barbora Kysilkova who has two of her works stolen from Galleri Nobel in Oslo. The thief, Norwegian Karl-Bertil Nordland, is caught and taken to court where Kysilkova asks to paint a portrait of him—he agrees. During the long process of creating the work of art, the pair gains a deeper understanding of each other. The two form a bond as Kysilkova tries to get her paintings back as well.

Nordland claims he was too high at the time of the robbery to remember where the paintings were hidden. He is also badly injured in a car accident and becomes more dependent on Kysilkova for care.

The Painter and the Thief cast

  • Barbora Kysilkova
  • Karl-Bertil Nordland

When does The Painter and the Thief air?

The documentary will be available for streaming May 22.

Where can The Painter and the Thief be streamed?

Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play.

The Painter and the Thief received strong reviews at its premiere in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and the documentary will be out Friday for streaming. Here is how to watch.

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