STEALING KLIMT

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STEALING KLIMT

Jane Chablani
GB, 2006
Documentaries, 90min, OF

STEALING KLIMT

Jane Chablani
GB, 2006
Documentaries, 90min, OF

Cast: 
Maria Altmann
E. Randol Schoenberg
Hubertus Czernin
Elisabeth Gehrer
Screenplay: 
Martin Smith
Sound: 
Niklas Tesch
Joseph Keppler
Bob Schuck
Chris Elliott
Cantor's World
Camera: 
Bernhard Hoefer
Simon Fanthorpe
Ulli Bonnekamp
Editor: 
Shelagh Brady
Paul Dosaj
Composer: 
Chris Elliott

Production: 
Poppy Films Ltd. 24 Wells St. London, WIT 3PH, Großbritannien T 20 7637 0203
World Sales: 
Films Transit 252 Gouin Boulevard East Montreal, Quebec H3L 1A8, Kanada T 514 844 3358 johnnadai@filmstransit.com
Distribution in Austria: 
Filmladen Mariahilfer Straße 58/7 T 1 523 43 62 0 office@filmladen.at
Format: 
Video (Digi Beta)
Color and Black/White

This is the story of the struggle by Maria Altmann, a beautiful and elegant 90-year-old, who claimed back five Klimt paintings stolen from her family by the Nazis in 1938. The paintings have been hanging in the Austrian National Gallery ever since. This David and Goliath story chronicles Maria's early life in glittering fin-de-siècle Vienna, her dramatic escape from Nazi terror, and her courageous fight to recover the five Klimts against all odds. Maria's fight eventually takes her to the US Supreme Court and pits her not just against Austria, but also against the Bush Administration. After she finally won, one of the paintings, the «Golden Portrait» of Maria's aunt Adele, was sold to Ronald Lauder for 135 million dollar in 2006, becoming one of the world's most expensive painting ever sold.