More TIFF madness for all you keeping an eye on the festivities from afar. Richard Ayoade, who’s probably best known for playing Moss on The IT Crowd, has returned with his sophomore directorial effort, The Double. The trailer for which is classic festival fare: moody, dialogue-less and eye-catching.
The film is written and directed by Ayoade, who adapted from the novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and centres on a men who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppleganger. If there’s anyone who can pull of “manic behaviour” with brilliance it’s Jesse Eisenberg, who plays the two leads Simon & James. Also starring in the film are Wallace Shawn (“Inconceivable!”), Mia Wasikowska, Noah Taylor, Yasmin Paige and the great James Fox.
IMDb currently lists this film as a comedy but the trailer gives the distinct impression that it’s…not that funny. However, Ayoade’s visual style has evolved immensely since his previous film, the coming-of-age film Submarine, which was strong, but felt like it was paying homage to Wes Anderson.
You can check out the trailer below and decide for yourself.
The Double centers on a government clerk who goes mad, obsessed by the idea that a fellow clerk has usurped his identity. It deals with the internal psychological struggle of its main character, Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, who repeatedly encounters someone who is his exact double in appearance but confident, aggressive, and extroverted, characteristics that are the polar opposites to those of the toadying “pushover” protagonist.