Chasing Portraits

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Release date: Apr 26, 2019

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Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943) was a prolific Warsaw based artist who painted scenes of the Polish-Jewish community in the interwar years. Sadly, he was murdered at Majdanek. After the Holocaust, Moshe's wife was only able to recover a small fraction of his work, but unbeknownst to the family, many other pieces survived. For more than a decade his great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Rynecki, has searched for the missing art, with remarkable and unexpected success. Spanning three generations, this documentary is a deeply moving narrative of the richness of one man's art, the devastation of war, and one woman's unexpected path to healing.

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  • Still [Rynecki] effectively captures a raft of emotional beats, especially those involving her kindly, Holocaust-survivor dad, who prefers to keep his dark childhood at arm's length.

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I felt a strong connection to the director's desire to bond with her ancestors through art.

    April 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Too often coming across as an elaborate home movie, Chasing Portraits would have benefited from its story being told by a more experienced filmmaker who was less emotionally involved in the proceedings.

    April 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Chasing Portraits" is small and subtle, with some missed opportunities and occasionally inexpert filmmaking. But it's not an insignificant effort, and Ms. Rynecki's cause is admirable.

    April 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Chasing Portraits is less about the value of the art but the story behind it.

    April 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • With its compelling tale of a family's trauma and recovery, Elizabeth's story is captivating throughout every stage of her journey.

    April 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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