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With an incredible performance from Australia’s own Guy Pearce paired with the impressive Claes Bang (The Square, The Burnt Orange Heresy), The Last Vermeer is a captivating wartime thriller based on the well-known true story.
While Joseph Piller (Bang), a Dutch Jew, was fighting in the Resistance during the Second World War, the witty, debonair aesthete, Han van Meegeren (Pearce) was hosting hedonistic soirées and selling Dutch art treasures to Hermann Goring and other top Nazis. Following the war, Piller becomes an investigator assigned the task of identifying and redistributing stolen art, resulting in the flamboyant van Meegeren being accused of collaboration — a crime punishable by death. But, despite mounting evidence, Piller, with the aid of his assistant (Krieps), becomes increasingly convinced of Han's innocence and finds himself in the unlikely position of fighting to save his life.
"This once notorious, now nearly forgotten story easily captures and holds our interest, and Friedkin's smooth and unostentatious direction never gets in the way of the material."
"An enjoyable historical drama with a standout turn from Guy Pearce."
- Hollywood Reporter
Thursday 25th March
Roland Møller, Claes Bang, Guy Pearce, Vicky Krieps, August Diehl, Andrew Havill
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