To Be Seen in 2014

“The Double” (2013) dir. Richard Ayoade

Recently screened at Sundance 2014, this second feature film by Richard Ayoade, based on a Dostoevsky novel of the same name, centers on the nightmare of losing one’s identity to a ‘double’ or, in the words of the novel, a doppelgänger.

So far, it has been getting a lot of praise regarding the charming mix of surrealist paranoia and dark humor, and Ayoade’s growing talent as a new director. It will be released in theaters in late spring.

“12 O’clock Boys” (2014) dir. Lotfy Nathan

And this very new film (which is released today!) by Lotfy Nathan is about a group of dirt-bikers in Baltimore who like to perform stunts on the city streets. The film seems to center on the tough, young Pug wanting to soon join the dirt-bikers, whom he sees as heroes. From what I read about it, Nathan neither romanticizes them nor antagonizes them, but portrays them from various angles and from how Pug sees and admires them to do them justice in this visually stunning doc.

So far, I only know of screenings for it in Pasadena but keep an eye out for its release in your area soon.