THE CLAIM, THE SEARCH FOR STOLEN ART FROM WWII

Netherlands, 2016, 91 min.

Director Ditteke Mensink

The Dutch Restitutions Committee investigates the claims of Dutch Holocaust survivors on art treasures stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The film follows two claimants, one of whom is Lion Tokkie. Now in his sixties, he is searching for information that will support his claim on Isaac Israels’s painting Children on the Beach, which is currently hanging in a museum in Arnhem. As a child Mrs. Hamburger fled to the United States, where she still lives. She is hoping to recover two 17th-century portraits currently exhibited in Roosendaal City Hall. The stories are related with great energy, using plenty of archive wartime footage, and leading to an exciting and most unexpected climax.

IDFA 2015

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