Peter's Painting

Peter Guppy, the owner of Prosperity Hardware in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn New York, believes he has uncovered an authentic Kazimir Malevich painting, which could be worth millions of dollars. For years, he has been trying to prove that his painting is a genuine Malevich. He’ll point out a faded face that was erased long ago, which he compares to a well-known Malevich painting with a similar figure. In an effort to authenticate the painting, he makes contact with art experts, yet throughout this process, we start to wonder if Peter actually wants to know the truth or continue to live with the unobstructed idea that the painting could possibly be an authentic work.

  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 14, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography

Olivier Bernier graduated from School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Film Direction, where he won awards for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Short Form Screenplay. Since then, Bernier has racked up an impressive list professional credits, including his own feature, The Sunset Sky which was nominated for the Golden Zenith award at the Montreal International Film Festival.

Bernier is also the co-founder of the New York–based production company Rota6, where he has directed videos for major brands such as Pepsi, Google and Sony.

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