Posted on Friday, September 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Five years ago, Richard Ayoade was mostly familiar to American audiences, if he was familiar at all, as ubernerd Maurice Moss from The IT Crowd. Since his 2010 directorial debut Submarine, however, he’s also known as… well, okay, he’s still the guy from The IT Crowd, but now people might also know him as a promising young filmmaker with style and wit to spare.
This year, he’s back with his sophomore directorial effort, The Double. A loose adaptation of the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, this dark comedy follows a man (Jesse Eisenberg) who is driven to insanity by the sudden appearance of his doppelganger (also Eisenberg). Think of it as Black Swan with less ballet and more soul-crushing office work, perhaps. Or that episode of Buffy where Xander gets split in two.
Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, and Submarine actors Noah Taylor and Yasmin Paige also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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If you’re a regular reader of /Film not only have you heard of Submarine, you’re insanely excited for it. Or at the very least you’re curiously aware and that’s good enough. Directed by Richard Ayoade, Submarine is the tale of awkward teenager Oliver Tate who has a unique world view and very simple goals. How he goes about achieving them, however, are very different from the normal person. It stars Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins as the adults, Craig Roberts as Oliver and Yasmin Paige as the object of his affections, Jordana. Peter loved it at Toronto, David loved it at Sundance and The Weinstein Company will be releasing it on June 3. The new wrinkle in the marketing is that it’s being pushed as “presented by Ben Stiller” who is one of the executive producers. Check out the new trailer after the break. Read More »
Here’s the trailer for Submarine, the British film that has been killing at festivals since it debuted at TIFF last year. Peter loved it there, and David loved it at Sundance. Check out the trailer — which certainly has some familiar notes from other big indie success stories — and leave your thoughts after the break. Read More »
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Richard Ayoade‘s Submarine is the kind of film I hope to discover at film festivals and share with friends.
Based on the Curtis Brown Prize-winning novel by Joe Dunthorne, this dark indie comedy is about a 15-year-old boy who “must fight save his mother from the advances of a mystic and simultaneously lure his eczema-strafed girlfriend in to his bedroom.” It is a coming of age story which is equal parts Rushmore, Election and Squid and the Whale.
I really hope that Fox Searchlight picks this film up and markets it to the masses, as it deserves to be seen (lets hope that Sony Pictures Classics stays away from this one). Write the title of this film down right now or add it to your netflix queue (if that’s even possible), because you’re gonna wanna see it when it becomes available.
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