Gurlitt and the Secret of the Nazi Treasure
Friday 6th November @ 9:00 pm. Metropolis II
Director: Maurice Philip Remy
Language: German / Subtitles: English
The case is as fascinating as a crime story: In 2010 customs officers take notice of an older German man traveling from Zurich to Munich. He is carrying cash, just under the allowed maximum amount. The man’s name is Cornelius Gurlitt and at the time he is 79 years old at the time. The customs officers decide to follow up on him. A year later, Gurlitt sells a valuable Expressionist painting at an auction for almost one million euros, which sparks the customs authorities to issue a search warrant for his apartment in Munich. What the agents find there in early 2012 exceeds their expectations by far: a huge collection of over 1000 paintings from all eras and of carefully selected quality. What makes the situation even more difficult is the fact that the paintings were inherited from Gurlitt’s father Hildebrand, who was an art dealer during Nazi times. The suspicion arises whether these paintings are looted art the collection is confiscated.