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Part of SFFILM Festival


Directed by Michael Almereyda

USA | Fiction | 102

9 Apr
Thu, Apr 9, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Castro Theatre
Castro Theatre 429 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States


Ethan Hawke portrays Nikola Tesla as a kind of steampunk New Romantic in this captivating imaginative drama from Michael Almereyda (Experimenter, Festival 2015). Tesla recounts the life of the inventor of alternating current and the subsequent electricity wars that pitted him against powerful Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan) and brought him the romantic attentions of Sarah Bernhardt. Almereyda has great fun exploding the trappings of the “period piece,” positing new possibilities and ways to represent history and its winners and losers with playfulness and verve.

“Pinging back and forth in audacious ways between the late 18th century and the present, Almereyda assembles an aptly livewire account of an unknowable outsider whose ideas about a world connected by wireless technology now make him seem like a field-leading visionary.” –David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Director Michael Almereyda

Michael Almereyda made his feature debut with Twister (1989), capturing a Film Independent Spirit Awards nomination for Best First Feature. Among his films are Nadja (Festival 1995), for which he received as a second Spirit Award nomination for Best Director; Hamlet (Festival 2000); William Eggleston in the Real World (2005); Experimenter (Festival 2005); Escapes (Festival 2016); and Marjorie Prime (Festival 2017), for which he received the Sundance Film Festival’s Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. Almereyda developed Tesla, the winner of a second Sundance Sloan Prize, while he was a resident at SFFILM FilmHouse.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2020

Runtime 102

Country USA

Director Michael Almereyda

Producer Uri Singer, Christa Campbell, Isen Robbins, Lati Grobman, Michael Almereyda, Per Melita

Writer Michael Almereyda

Editor Kathryn J. Schubert

Cinematographer Sean Price Williams

Music John Paesano

Cast Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Eve Hewson