We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.
“The Painter and the Thief” is part of Milwaukee Film’s Sofa Cinema. Make sure to check on that cause they are posting cool new stuff every day. The movie itself delivers on its title. It is a documentary about a painter and a thief. Barbora Kysilkova is the artist. She makes large scale photo realistic paintings that are often dark or traumatic.
Karl Bertil-Nordland is our thief. He’s a junkie and there is a bit of him that lives the trauma that Kysilkova paints. They meet in court. After Karl steals her painting right out of the store window. Afterwards she asks him to pose for her.
And that could be the whole movie. Honestly, it’s what we both thought it would be. Seems like that is beginning middle and end right there. But its not. The movie takes place over an unusually long amount of time for what it sets out to do. You follow this unlikely friendship for at least a year. And in that year or two there are so many twists and turns that me and Kpolly had to look up if it was too good to be true because sometimes it really feels like it. We get into all the ebbs and flows in the podcast. Check it out below.
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