It began as the story of Dutch art lover, Michel van Rijn. It ended in murder and scandal.
Michel van Rijn made millions smuggling stolen icons, artworks, and rare antiquities into Europe and the USA, evading Interpol and the CIA. Throughout the 1970s and ‘80s he lived a playboy Jet Set lifestyle, living large and wide, bolstered by the false claim that he was a descendant of Rembrandt. Michel, however, was eventually captured, then extradited and imprisoned.
Michel ended up working for Scotland Yard, turning on the smugglers and forgers he had previously conspired with, drinking himself almost to death, and losing his son. Through his pioneering website, he became a crusader for the art world, uncovering trails of Nazi gold, then exposing terrorist networks financed by black market art sales. Unsurprisingly, several contracts were put on Michel’s life, including one by the Taliban.
He then disappeared.
Now in hiding at a Mossad-protected Jewish hotel in Europe, estranged from his family and seven ex-wives, Michel is under investigation from the FBI for masterminding the Isabella Stewart Gardner heist, where two unarmed men stole $500m worth of Rembrandts and other Dutch paintings, that remain unrecovered, and the crime unsolved.
- Type of film
- Running Time
- 83 mins
- Adam Stone (aka King Adz) 1st Feature
- Nick Taussig, Paul Van Carter
- Executive Producer
- Christopher J Reynolds
- Richard Graham
- Director of Photography
- Robbie van Brussel
- Dominic Weaver
- Arlen Figges
- Principal Cast
- Michel van Rijn
- Film Image
- ©Salon Pictures
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Last updated 28th September 2016