Michael Pitt, Imogen Poots, Isabelle Huppert and Willem Dafoe will star in art-theft drama “The Sleeping Shepherd,” with the Solution Entertainment Group launching international sales at the Berlin Film Festival.
Frank Hudec will direct from his own script. Mike S. Ryan (“Junebug”) will produce the film.
CAA is handling North American rights.
Pitt will portray a failed painter who decided he would rather steal great art than paint it. As he criss-crosses Europe, he meets a bored rich girl — played by Poots — who gets a sexual thrill from art theft. After he’s caught, his co-dependent mother (Huppert) destroys $2 billion worth of irreplaceable masterpieces by chopping them up and tossing them into the nearby Rhine Canal.
Pitt and Huppert’s character are sent to jail, where his jailhouse paintings become collector’s items.
“The Sleeping Shepherd” is inspired by the true life story of the 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.
Pitt will be seen next in “Criminal” with Gal Gadot. Poots stars in “Knight of Cups,” “Green Room” and “Frank and Lola.” Dafoe is starring in “The Great Wall.”
Pitt is represented by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams. Poots is repped by CAA, Independent Talent Group and Morris Yorn. Huppert is repped by CAA, Voyez Mon Agent in France and Principal Entertainment. Dafoe is represented by CAA and Circle of Confusion.