The Sleeping Shepherd is inspired by the real life story of notorious art thief, Stéphane Breitwieser who admitted to stealing 239 works of art from 172 museums and exhibits across Europe beginning in 1995 until he was caught in 2001. The Frank Hudec directed film has now cast Michael Pitt, Imogen Poots, Isabelle Huppert and Willem Dafoe to lead the heist drama that will be presented to buyers at next week’s EFM in Berlin. The Solution Entertainment Group is handling international sales with CAA repping North America.
Pitt plays Alex, a failed painter who thought he would rather steal great art than paint it. As he criss-crosses Europe, he meets a bored rich girl, Karoline (Poots), who gets a sexual thrill from art theft. Their Bonnie-and-Clyde escapade is cut short when Alex’s arrogance leads to his capture. In an effort to save him, his co-dependent mother (Huppert) destroys $2B worth of irreplaceable masterpieces by chopping them up and tossing them into the nearby Rhine Canal. Alex and his mother are sent to jail, but in a strange twist of irony, Alex’s jailhouse paintings become collector’s items.