Double David is a con in search of an artist. It is a corporate video-ideological conversation about contemporary art documentary-road trip-buddy-love triangle-heist movie. Above all it is a question mark standing behind the idea of authenticity, duplicity and worth. Starting with the subject, everything about this film is counterfeit, uncertainty infects structure and style as the film moves between documentary footage of a small film crew sent by an eccentric American multimillionaire to Turkey to document the effort of sculptor to move his oversized fiberglass reproduction of Michelangelo’s David from central Turkey to Italy to Kentucky to a hyperbolic, over dramatized (or oversized) fictional performance of the same story. The film opens with amateur handheld video of the failed installation and collapse of the sculptor’s Styrofoam version of the David during the 2005 Istanbul Biennial, five years later find a group of actors re-enacting the dinner in New York City where the idea for the documentary project was hatched from this point on the film then moves fluidly between the documentary and narrative. Beneath the framework of the logistics, planning, transport and installation of the statue, the film hides a heated competition between two artists, the director and the sculptor, both fighting for control, power, happiness and validation in life and work and ultimately whose work, if either, will ultimately succeed as art.
View the teaser HERE.