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The Double

United Kingdom | 2013 | 93 minutes | Richard Ayoade

Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is a government clerk who encounters his doppelgänger, and is shocked to discover that his more ebullient self has begun elbowing into James’ personal life. This surreal treatment of the Dostoyevsky novella evokes Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.

May 16, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 18, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas  
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After conveying the awkwardness, heartache, and wit of adolescence in 2010’s Submarine, writer-director Richard Ayoade tackles stranger and equally enticing material in The Double. Based on the novella of the same name by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Ayoade’s film tells the story of lonely and timid office clerk Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), who spends his days working away at a government organization and pining after Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), a charming and attractive co-worker. Simon’s aimless, uneventful, and dissatisfying life changes when he meets James (also Eisenberg)—his exact physical double, but with an opposite personality. Confident, brash, and seductive, James begins to coach Simon on how to live a more exciting and fulfilling life, which includes wooing Hannah. Yet slowly, Simon realizes that James is a manipulative doppelgänger who begins to take over Simon’s life. Drawing comparisons to Terry Gilliam and Wes Anderson, Ayoade continues to refine his cinematic voice with this darkly comedic and incomparably stylish adaptation. Featuring an electric dual turn from Eisenberg, The Double is an intoxicating, irreverent, and biting piece of cinema.

Director Biography

Richard Ayoade is an English writer, actor, comedian, and film director best known for his role as Maurice Moss in the comedy television series "The IT Crowd." Ayoade originally studied law at St. Catharine’s College in Cambridge and at the University of Cambridge. While there he was also president of the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic club, writing and acting in several plays. Ayoade’s written for a number of comedy television shows and has also directed his first feature in 2010, Submarine.

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Director: Richard Ayoade
Principal Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2013
Running Time: 93 minutes
Producer: Robin C. Fox, Amina Dasmal
Screenplay: Richard Ayoade, Avi Korine
Cinematographers: Erik Alexander Wilson
Editors: Nick Fenton, Chris Dickens
Music: Andrew Hewitt
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Submarine (2010)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
International Sales: Protagonist Pictures
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