Michael Almereyda, USA 2020, 102’
Sweet Thing The Glorias

We have seen on-screen depictions of the Serbo-American genius and inventor Nikola Tesla many times—he was even once played by none other than David Bowie. It seems, however, that only Almereyda has managed to capture the true heft and pop-culture elegance of the genius behind the majority of inventions in mass use today, from the simplest TV remote control, through complex engines, to modern computers and smartphones. However, this Tesla is not at all as serious or focused as befits a man of science, but rather just the opposite. In Almereyda’s film, lofty elements are mixed with humorous ones, and the director himself proves that, just like his protagonist, he is a true visionary—he eschews advanced special effects, often relies on conventions, and takes advantage of an enormous amount of creative energy. Together with the cinematographer Sean Price Williams (Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell,the Safdie brothers’ Good Time—both shown at the American Film Festival), he has made a visual masterpiece that you can expect absolutely anything from. Tesla would be proud!

Magdalena Maksimiuk


Sundance FF 2020 - Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize

Michael Almereyda

Michael Almereyda is an American director, screenwriter, and producer. He began his career by sharing a screenplay for a film about Nikola Tesla with an agent in Hollywood. He then also worked as a script doctor, including on early drafts of Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall and Wim Wenders’ Until the End of the World. His Experimenter was shown at the sixth American Film Festival. Almereyda often works with the same actors, such as Ethan Hawk, Kyle MacLachlan, and Bill Murray.

Selected filmography

1994 Nadja

1998 Trans / Trance

2000 Hamlet

2015 Eksperymentator / Experimenter

2020 Tesla

Cast & Crew

director Michael Almereyda
screenplay Michael Almereyda
cinematography Sean Price Williams
editing Kathryn J. Schubert
music John Paesano
cast Ethan Hawke, Eve Hewson, Kyle MacLachlan
producer Mayra Auad, Lee Broda, Jeffrey Greenstein, Avi Lerner, Mario Peixoto, Jeff Rice, Trevir Short, Rob Van Norden, Doron Weber, Jonathan Yunger
production Passage Pictures, RNG Entertainment, Campbell Grobman Films, Intrinsic Value Films, Jeff Rice Films, Millennium Media
sales Daro Film Distribution
language English
coloration colour
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