THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT
TESLA 'LUMIÉRE MONDIALE'
Original Title:TESLA 'LUMIÉRE MONDIALE'
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English Title:THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT
Director(s): Matthew Rankin
Production Company:National Film Board of Canada
Distribution Company:National Film Board of Canada
Year of Production:2017
Nationality:Canada
Screening Format:DCP
Running Time:08:18
Techniques:Experimental (Light painting, live action & etc) TBC
Category:Narrative Short Animation

Synopsis:
New York, 1905. Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to J.P. Morgan, his onetime benefactor. THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT is a tragic fantasy about the father of alternating current, inspired by real events such as the inventor’s run of bad luck as a businessman and his affection for a pet bird, which he loves “like a man loves a woman.” Tesla’s words to the banker form the backdrop of this moving film about the man who blended science and art in his attempts to create the utopia of unlimited energy for all. Filmmaker Matthew Rankin (Mynarski Death Plummet) works as much in the tradition of experimental cinema as in animated documentary. He uses an aesthetic reminiscent of the early 20th-century European avant-garde, to electrifying effect. A luminous and deeply original world unfolds around Tesla, bursting with bright ideas. The film resonates with feverish energy, culminating in a spectacular finale that is both a vision of horror and a creative epiphany—an explosive homage to Tesla’s incandescent genius and his towering position as a symbol of modernity.

Matthew Rankin
About Matthew Rankin
Matthew Rankin was born in Winnipeg. He studied Québec history at McGill University and Université Laval before devoting himself to filmmaking. His work features a blend of genres, the use of historical or documentary elements, and a referential, lyrical aesthetic. Two films exemplary of his approach are Tabula Rasa (2011), inspired by the Winnipeg flood of 1950, and Mynarski Death Plummet (2014), about the death of Canadian war hero Andrew Mynarski. His style can be likened to that of Guy Maddin and Deco Dawson, eminent members of what might be called the “Winnipeg School.” Rankin frequently makes use of experimental techniques, in particular direct manipulation of the film itself. Cattle Call (co-produced with Mike Maryniuk, 2008) is typical of this approach. Three of his films have competed at the Sundance Film Festival (Negativipeg, 2010; Tabula Rasa, and Mynarski Death Plummet), two of which were nominated for Québec cinema awards, while Mynarski Death Plummet won the Off-Limits award at the Festival international du film d’animation d’Annecy. Tabula Rasa was featured at SXSW, at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, and at the Prends ça court awards. Matthew Rankin was awarded a National Media Arts Prize in 2014 for his body of work. He is currently working on his first feature film, entitled The 20th Century.