One of the "old masters," Rembrandt van Rijn is considered one of the greatest painters of all time, and in the elite world of art collectors, his work is - almost - priceless. Oeke Hoogendijk’s captivating and elegant doc is both an enchanting glimpse behind the curtain of this privileged universe, and also a deep dive into an art mystery that rocked Rembrandt fans across the globe.
From a Scottish duke’s personal affection for a coveted portrait, to an American couple who have tried to get their hands on as many of the artist’s paintings as possible, Hoogendijk reveals what "my" Rembrandt means to each – nostalgia, heritage, beauty, obsession and, for many, the satisfaction of exclusive ownership. My Rembrandt also details the heated legal battles that proprietorship can entail. The film follows the youngest Jan Six (whose forefather Rembrandt painted), an art dealer convinced that he has found two previously undiscovered Rembrandts – a bold claim that, like everything in the art world, doesn’t come without a price.
"Oeke Hoogendijk’s bracing and amusing documentary is about high-stakes shenanigans in the art market involving seriously minted Rembrandt fanciers." – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
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Oeke Hoogendijk is an internationally acclaimed documentary maker. She studied stage direction at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht and made her debut with her documentary The Saved (1998), which won the Dutch Academy Award. Over a period of ten years Hoogendijk followed the large-scale renovation and re-organisation of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. She turned this material into a four-episode television series and an award-winning feature film.
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The Saved (1998); The Holocaust Experience (2002); The New Rijksmuseum (2014)