THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE NEVER ENDS.
California resident Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) hires young attorney Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her retrieve Gustav Klimt’s painting ”Woman in Gold” from Austria; a portrait of her aunt, the Nazis stole the painting from her family. A reality-based story about a significant battle over artwork that reached all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. This film tells two parallel stories – Altmann’s modern-day struggle and what happened to her and her family in Vienna after Anschluss. The movie itself isn’t a substantive work of art, but Mirren makes it easy to engage with Altmann.
2015-Britain-U.S. 109 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Simon Curtis. Cast: Helen Mirren (Maria Altmann), Ryan Reynolds (Randy Schoenberg), Daniel Brühl (Hubertus Czernin), Tatiana Maslany, Katie Holmes, Max Irons… Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Pryce, Frances Fisher.
Trivia: Andrew Garfield was reportedly first cast as Schoenberg, but dropped out. The story was also told in the documentary Stealing Klimt (2007).