On Sunday April 1 and Wednesday April 4 A Real Vermeer will be screened at the European Union Film Festival. This 21st edition takes place at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from March 9 to April 5, and also features the Dutch films Miss Kiet’s Children and Messi and Maud.
Een echte Vermeer (2016)
Rudolf van den Berg |115 min.
The life of Han van Meegeren, one of Europe’s most famous art forgers, is colorfully embroidered in this fictionalized account of his notorious career. A desperately poor married womanizer with champagne tastes, the talented artist Han finds his old-fashioned style spurned while critics and collectors swoon over the work of the up-and-coming Picasso.
His revenge starts with seducing the beautiful Jólanka, wife of Holland’s most powerful art critic, but soon takes the more lucrative path of forging paintings by Vermeer. Van Meegeren’s new career becomes dangerous when one of his forgeries is coveted by a high-ranking Nazi, and the provenance of the work becomes the focus of a post-war show trial, with the artist accused as a collaborator.
In Dutch with English subtitles. Courtesy of Paul Thiltges Distribution. ProRes digital. (BS)
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