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Ruben Brandt, Collector

Haunted by the death of his father and tormented by violent hallucinations involving some of the world’s greatest paintings, psychiatrist Ruben Brandt (voiced by Iván Kamarás) finds himself in need of assistance. Luckily, his roster of criminal patients are happy to oblige: from Mimi (Gabriella Hámori), a lithe kleptomaniac; to Bye-Bye Joe (Matt Devere), a stocky celebrity bodyguard; to Fernando (Christian Niels Buckholdt), a not-so-discreet computer whiz. Soon the colourful coterie begins to burglarize famous museums across the globe, stealing 13 of the world’s most famous paintings in the process.

Poster for the grown-up animated feature Ruben Brandt, CollectorInspired and inventive, Milorad Krstić’s animated standout is chock-full of sly art-history references and delirious twists on modern psychological ideas. Fuelled by a propulsive orchestral score, the film gracefully alternates between the atmosphere of an early Louis Feuillade crime serial and the breathless, high-octane action of a Mission: Impossible entry. (The lengthy opening chase through the streets and canals of Paris will set pulses pounding from the get-go.) With its heady mix 2D and 3D animation styles, Krstić’s ravishingly drawn genre romp will thrill to no end.

– Vancouver International FIlm Festival

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