The film The Double was just announced as the winner for the prestigious closing slot at the 38th annual Atlanta Film Festival March 28-April 6.
The Double is a black comedy loosely based on Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot, and stars The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg as Simon, a timid, isolated young man who lives an invisible life. No one at his job seems to really notice that he exists including Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), a beautiful young manic pixie who is the object of his obsession – at night, he watches her in the apartment complex directly across from his through a telescope.
Simon’s life is turned upside down by the arrival of his doppelganger, a co-worker named James (also played by Eisenberg), who looks identical to Simon, but is his opposite in terms of his charisma and confidence, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. James is everything that Simon wants to but simply cannot be: a real boy. As Simon’s life becomes more and more dominated by James, he must make a choice between disappearing or becoming who he really wants to be.
The Double is directed by Richard Ayoade who is known for his ability to create offbeat, but endearing characters who say and do things that are at once fascinating, entertaining, and vaguely disconcerting.
Started in 1976, The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is an international, Academy Award qualifying, film festival held in Atlanta, Georgia. The festival shows a diverse range of independent films, including genre films such as horror and sci-fi. Atlanta Film Festival screenings will be at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages. To see lists of 15 narrative features and 15 documentaries coming to the fest, go to www.atlantafilmfestival.com.
Films included in the Atlanta Film Festival
- “15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story,” directed by Nadine Pequeneza
- “120 Days,” directed by Ted Roach
- “Above All Else,” directed by John Fiege
- “Dog Days,” directed by Laura Waters Hinson and Kasey Kirby
- “Exposed,” directed by Beth B
- “A Fragile Trust,” directed by Samantha Grant
- “Getting to The Nutcracker,” directed by Serene Meshel-Dillman
- “Hank: Five Years From the Brink,” directed by Joe Berlinger
- “Limo Ride,” directed by Gideon C. Kennedy and Marcus Rosentrater
- “Little Ballers,” directed by Crystal McCrary Anthony
- “Mayan Blue,” directed by Rafael Garcia
- “The Road to Fame,” directed by Hao Wu
- “The Road to Livingston,” directed by Erik Mauck
- “Web,” directed by Michael Kleiman
- “A Will for the Woods,” directed by Amy Browne and Jeremy Caplan
Atlanta Film Festival screenings will be at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages.