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Documentary set for 2014 release

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to the art documentary “Tim’s Vermeer,” directed by Teller of illusionist-comedians Penn & Teller.

Teller’s stage partner Penn Jillette and Farley Ziegler produced the film, which follows Tim Jenison’s decade-long research of the techniques used by 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer to achieve photo-realistic paintings.

Jenison used lenses and mirrors to develop a technique that might have been used by Vermeer. He traveled to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted; to Yorkshire to meet artist (and Vermeer fan) David Hockney; and to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen’s Vermeer.

Vermeer specialized in scenes of middle-class life. His famous paintings include “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” “The Milkmaid,” “The Astronomer” and “View of Delft.”

Sony Classics will release the film next year.

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