Movies occasionally grow a little more topical due to current events -- earlier this year, coverage of
But rarely does such news date back 70 years.
Over the weekend, the upcoming
On Sunday, a German magazine reported that a raid on a Munich apartment two years ago had yielded artwork suspected of having been looted by Nazis. The works, valued at more than $1 billion, include paintings by Picasso and Matisse that were assumed to have been lost or destroyed during the global conflict.
Some or all of the pieces, recovered in the home of Cornelius Gurlitt, the 80-year-old son of a well-known Nazi-era art dealer, had been confiscated by the Nazis or sold cheaply by people desperate to leave Germany, according to the magazine Focus.
“The fact is there are still thousands of masterpieces yet to be found or returned to the rightful heirs,” said
"Some [of the artwork], as in this most recent case, is hidden in people's homes, and some is hanging in plain sight on the walls of museums. [It's] wild to make a film set in the '40s and see the story still playing out in 2013," Heslov said.
The movie, which Clooney directed and stars in, features
The raid on Gurlitt's home was conducted two years ago, the German magazine Focus reported, but German officials have been trying ever since to sort out the provenance of the artwork, which is in storage outside Munich.