The Lost Leonardo (PG)
The inside story of the painting that seduced the world!
Unravelling the hidden agendas of the richest men and most powerful art institutions in the world, The Lost Leonardo unfolds as a real-life thriller featuring major characters from the world of art, finance, and politics.
The Lost Leonardo is the inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million.
From the moment the painting is bought for $1175 at a shady New Orleans auction house, and the restorer discovers masterful Renaissance brushstrokes under the heavy varnish of its cheap restoration, the Salvator Mundi’s fate is determined by an insatiable quest for fame, money and power. As its price soars, so do questions about its authenticity: is this painting really by Leonardo da Vinci?
Unravelling the hidden agendas of the richest men and most powerful art institutions in the world, THE LOST LEONARDO reveals how vested interests in the Salvator Mundi are of such tremendous power that truth becomes secondary.
In 2008, the world’s most distinguished Leonardo Da Vinci experts gathered around an easel at the National Gallery in London to examine a mysterious painting – an unassuming Salvator Mundi (Latin for Savior of the World).
Despite not seeking experts’ formal opinions, the National Gallery presents the Salvator Mundi as an autograph1 Leonardo da Vinci painting in their 2011 blockbuster exhibition, setting in motion one of the most beguiling and perplexing art stories of our time.
Filmed over a three-year period, THE LOST LEONARDO meticulously unveils the whole story behind the Salvator Mundi and unfolds as a real-life thriller featuring major characters from the world of art, finance, and politics including the restorer Dianne Modestini – who speaks in the film about her role in the evolution of the painting for the first time.
Director Andreas Koefoed positions this stranger-than-fiction story squarely at the intersection of capitalism and myth-making, posing the question: is this multi-million dollar painting actually by Leonardo, or do certain powerful players simply want it to be?
Directed by ANDREAS KOEFOED
Produced by CHRISTOPH JÖRG & ANDREAS DALSGAARD
Written by DUSKA ZAGORAC, ANDREAS DALSGAARD, CHRISTIAN KIRK, MUFF, MARK MONROE, ANDREAS KOEFOED
Cinematography by ADAM JANDRUP
Editor NICOLAS STAFFOLANI NØRREGAARD
Music by SVEINUNG NYGAARD
Special Thanks BEN LEWIS
Executive Producers OLI HARBOTTLE, ANNA GODAS, KEN PELLETIER, MARK MITTEN, SHIZUKA ASAKAWA, VIJAY VAIDYANATHAN, ELIZABETH RADSHAW, JACK OLIVER
Produced with the support from DANISH FILM INSTITUTE, SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE, NORDISK FILM og TV FOND
In co-production with MANTARAY FILM
In association with DOGWOOF, SKY ARTS, TDog, NIKA MEDIA, MITTEN MEDIA, ALBA COLLIS, HOT DOCS PARTNERS, DIAMOND DOCS
“A bona fide cinema crowd-pleaser! Nothing quite like a good story, well-told.”
“Lively and engrossing. Tells the tale of the most scrutinized painting of all time.”
“A surprisingly suspenseful story about art, money, and politics.”
“Fascinating from start to finish!”
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