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IFI Documentary Festival: THE SAVIOUR FOR SALE

Antoine Vitkine

From Monday September 6th, in line with government guidelines, all patrons must show proof of vaccination upon entering the cinema screen.

In 2017, a painting titled Salvator Mundi (The Saviour of the World), attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, was sold at Christie’s for a record 450 million dollars. But is it really the work of da Vinci, or a convincing fake? A modern tale of globalisation, The Saviour for Sale delves into the murkier corners of the art world and explores the influence that one painting can exert on personal and geopolitical interests, weaving links between the auction houses of New York, a revered da Vinci expert, an opportunistic Swiss go-between, a Russian oligarch, the Louvre in Paris, and an Arabian prince. An astonishing look at the hidden trails of money, power, and deception behind a disputed masterpiece.

95 mins, 2021, France, Digital.

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