The Lost Leonardo

Andreas Koefoed, Denmark, 2021

96 min.DK/Documentary

The Lost Leonardo is a detective story seeking the truth about the infamous Salvator Mundi, an ancient painting of Christ that, after its unexpected reappearance in 2004, is considered a long-lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece. It then gets embroiled in personal, economic, legal, and geopolitical disputes.

In November 2017 the painting becomes the most expensive piece of art ever sold - for $450 million dollars - to Saudi Arabia’s new ruler, 32-year- old Prince Mohamed bin Salman (MBS). He buys it in secret from a notorious Russian oligarch. Nobody seems to know where the painting is today or if it will ever be exhibited in public.

Where is the SALVATOR MUNDI now, and what was its purpose as it travelled from obscurity in New Orleans to become the Mona Lisa of the desert?
Basic information Credits
Original title The Lost Leonardo
Danish title The Lost Leonardo
Keywords Italy, art of painting, The, Painters, Leonardo da Vinci, Paintings, Forgeries, Auctions, Art trade, Investments, 2020-2030
Director Andreas Koefoed
Screenplay Duska Zagorac, Andreas Dalsgaard, Christian Kirk Muff, Mark Monroe, Andreas Koefoed
Producer Andreas Dalsgaard, Christoph Jörg
Director of Photography Adam Michael Jandrup
Editor Nicolas Nørgaard Staffolani
Sound Per Nyström, Per Boström, Peter Albrechtsen
Composer Sveinung Nygaard
Production country Denmark, France
Domestic distribution SF Studios
International sales Dogwoof Ltd
Danish theatrical release 27.01.2022
Online release 23.08.2022, Filmcentralen
Comment Andreas Koefoed has directed many award-winning documentary films with a focus on character-driven human interest stories, including At Home in the World, The Arms Drop and Ballroom Dancer. His films have been selected for more than 150 film festivals and have won numerous awards at festivals including IDFA, CPH:DOX, Full Frame, AFI Docs, Sheff ield DocFest and Tribeca.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Elk Film
Co-production Mantaray Film AB, Pumpernickel Films
Domestic distribution SF Studios


Direction Andreas Koefoed


Screenplay Duska Zagorac
Screenplay Andreas Dalsgaard
Screenplay Christian Kirk Muff
Screenplay Mark Monroe
Screenplay Andreas Koefoed


Producer Andreas Dalsgaard
Producer Christoph Jörg
Co-producer Stina Gardell
Executive producer Vijay Vaidyanathan
Executive producer Elizabeth Radshaw


Cinematographer Adam Michael Jandrup


Editor Nicolas Nørgaard Staffolani


Composer Sveinung Nygaard


Sound designer Per Nyström
Sound designer Per Boström
Sound designer Peter Albrechtsen

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