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Brilliant, visionary Nikola Tesla (Ethan Hawke) fights an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition, then faces thornier challenges with his new system for worldwide wireless energy. The film tracks Tesla’s uneasy interactions with his fellow inventor Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan) and his patron George Westinghouse (Jim Gaffigan). Another thread traces Tesla’s sidewinding courtship of financial titan J.P. Morgan (Donnie Keshawarz), whose daughter Anne (Eve Hewson) takes a more than casual interest in the inventor. Anne analyzes and presents the story as it unfolds, offering a distinctly modern voice to this scientific period drama which, like its subject, defies convention.
USA, 2020, 96 minutes, Rated PG-13, Directed by Michael Almereyda
“Audacious. Ingenious. Invigorating. Soulfully philosophical.”– Dan Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Electric. Equally inspired by Derek Jarman, Henry James, and Drunk History.”– David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE
“His films are a testament to the independent spirit. Limitations be damned! The messy creativity on display is something to admire.”– Dan Mecca, THE FILM STAGE
“A profound sense of restlessness and loneliness haunts Michael Almereyda's film, which reinvigorates the biopic genre”– Chuck Bowen SLANT MAGAZINE.
“Burns up the screen"– FILM COMMENT
“A striking film that roams as free as its subjects imagination…holds you in thrall…a mesmerizing showcase for Ethan Hawke.”– Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE