The Black Square

Das Schwarze Quadrat

Germany, 2020
105 minutes, Color

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Peter Meister's fast-paced debut feature includes what he calls "closed-room" and "cat-and-mouse" scenarios, in which characters can't escape from each other, and lots of twists and complications. Vincent (Bernhard Schütz), is a failed artist now seeking revenge by stealing paintings instead of painting them. He's on the run with a young partner, Nils (Jacob Matschenz), whose name he doesn't quite know. The pair stole a famous $60 million canvas (the titular painting), but before they can meet the connection for their big payday, they must escape on a cruise ship. Unfortunately, they steal boarding passes from the ship's entertainers. Now they must keep up dual false identities, doing Elvis and Bowie impressions each night. And then the stolen painting disappears. Meanwhile, Nils finds a new joy in pretending to be Elvis and entertaining people and Vincent rekindles his love of art—but don't think anyone will get away simply.—Dave Nuttycombe

In German with English subtitles

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