The Last Vermeer
Guy Pierce- Han Van Meegeren
Claes Bang- Cpt. Joseph Pillar
Vicky Krieps- Minna Holmberg
Guy Pierce is an artist accused of selling valuable works of art to the Nazis, but is he?
Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch painter from the late 1600’s during the Baroque period and specialized in portraits of the middle class. Some of his most famous works were the famous paintings “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” and “The Astronomer” and others that currently hang in museums around the world. The new drama from Tri Star Pictures, “The Last Vermeer” tells the tale of the works of the famous painter, stolen by the Nazis during WWII and tracked down and recovered by a group of Allied soldiers led by Captain Joseph Pillar (Bang).
The Last Vermeer opens with Allied troops uncovering a railcar used to take Jewish people to the Nazi concentration camps only to find it loaded with paintings and artifacts procured or stolen by Herman Goering the leader of the SS. One of the paintings in the car was “Christ and the Adulteress” supposedly the final painting by Vermeer. Capt. Pillar with his assistant Minna Holmberg was tasked by the Allies to find the stolen art, find out who sold it or stole it for the Nazis, so it can be returned to the owners or museum.
Pillar tracks down leads that bring him to a local artist Han Van Meegeren, skilled but panned by critics, as the person that sold the Vermeer to Goering for 1.6 million guilders. Van Meegeren, a flamboyant personality and readily admitted to making the sale. Pillar arrested Van Meegeren, but instead of prison, where suspects have mysteriously perished recently, Pillar sets up the artist at the station in the attic under the watchful eye of Pillar’s friend Esper Dekker (Roland Moller).