A documentary that feels like a heist thriller, THE LOST LEONARDO, opening at The Ross on Friday, September 17, paints an arresting portrait of some of the art world's most colorful characters. “The Lost Leonardo” is the first art-world documentary I've seen that captures what art becomes once it goes through the looking glass of greed: not just a commodity, but a way of transferring and manipulating power. –Owen Gleiberman, Variety Among other things, this picture freshly demonstrates that a conventionally structured documentary can pack the fascination and wallop of an expertly executed fictional thriller. –Glenn Kenny, The New York Times “THE LOST LEONARDO” crystallizes how remarkable it is that something a random guy found in New Orleans could eventually become a smokescreen for a foreign despot's crimes against humanity. –David Erhlich, IndieWire THE LOST LEONARDO is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, September 17 through Thursday, September 30. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. The Motion Picture Association of America has rated THE LOST LEONARDO PG-13 (Nude Art Images). THE LOST LEONARDO tells the inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million, claimed to be a long-lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci. From the moment it is purchased from a shady New Orleans auction house, and its buyers discover masterful brushstrokes beneath its cheap restoration, the fate of the Salvator Mundi is driven by an insatiable quest for fame, money, and power. But as its price soars, so do questions about its authenticity. Is this multi-million dollar painting actually by Leonardo -- or do certain power players simply want it to be? Unravelling the hidden agendas of the world's richest men and most powerful art institutions, THE LOST LEONARDO reveals how vested interests became all-important, and the truth secondary.