Premiering to rave notices in Telluride over the weekend, the art documentary “Tim’s Vermeer,” directed by Teller, the famed
magician of Penn & Teller fame, next plays at the Toronto International Film Festival. Indiewire is pleased to premiere an exclusive scene from the film.
The film follows Tim Jenison, a
Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve how 17th century Dutch
master Johannes Vermeer managed to paint photo-realistically 150 years
before the invention of photography.
In his Telluride review, Indiewire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “Penn & Teller are generally known for their magic tricks and
prankish energy, but ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ — a documentary directed by Teller
and produced by Penn Jillette — stands apart from the rest of their
oeuvre. A spirited look at the quest of an eccentric entrepreneur intent
on uncovering the cryptic technique of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ plays less like the sort of exposé of trickery one might
expect of Penn & Teller and instead focuses on the nature of
desiring answers to unsolvable mysteries.”
In the clip, Penn Jillette explains how Tim Jenison’s obsession with the Johannes Vermeer project began. Watch below: