2003 | Brush with Fate

Following the trail of a lost Vermeer painting, the movie tells the story of the lives of the people who owned it. The anger, betrayal, love, and sacrifices it caused. The paintings history is told in separate stories set in six different eras. The present, the 1940-ties, 1880-ties, 1830-ties,1720-ties and 1670-ties.

Based on the novel Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland.


Director Brent Shields

Cinematography Eric Van Haren Noman

Producer Richard Wells

Production Designer Marco Rooth, Hemmo Sportel

Costume Design Ellen Lens


Cast Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Thomas Gibson, Phyllidia Law, Kelly McDonald,

Kieran Bew, Jan Decleir, Betty Schuurman, Thekla Reuten, Laurien van den Broeck


Genre Drama, History, War

Costumes Period 1650, 1720, 1860, 1943, 2000

Filming locations Italy, The Netherlands



Awards and Nominations


2003 American Society of Cinematographers USA

ASC Award Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

in Movies of the Week Eric Van Haren Noman