Michael Almereyda’s TESLA, Starring Ethan Hawke + Kyle MacLachlan | Debuts August 21st via IFC Films

**Official Selection 2020 Sundance Film Festival**
**Winner, Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival**

 In Theaters and On Demand August 21st

Written, Directed + Produced by Michael Almereyda

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Eve Hewson, Jim Gaffigan, Hannah Gross + Ebon Moss-Bachrach

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 modern voice to this scientific period drama which, like its subject, defies convention.

About Michael Almereyda

Michael Almereyda is an award-winning filmmaker who has gathered acclaim for his impressively varied body of work. MARJORIE PRIME, based on Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated play, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. Lois Smith was nominated for Spirit and Gotham Awards for her performance as ‘Marjorie.’ EXPERIMENTER, with Peter Sarsgaard portraying experimental psychiatrist Stanley Milgram, and Winona Ryder playing his wife, premiered at Sundance in 2015. Almereyda’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s CYMBELINE, with Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson, Mila Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley and Anton Yelchin, premiered at the 2014 Venice Film Festival. Almereyda’s documentaries include portraits of playwright Sam Shepard, photographer William Eggleston, and BLADERUNNER screenwriter Hampton Fancher.  Almereyda’s HAMLET (2000) is his most well-known film, with Ethan Hawke in the title role and Kyle MacLachlan as ‘Claudius.’ 

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