Matthew Rankin's animated film The Tesla World Light produced at the National Film Board of Canada will have its world premiere at the 56th International Critics' Week.
Semaine de la Critique is a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival organized by the French Syndicate of Film Critics; The Tesla World Light is the only animated short competing with other 9 films for the 2017 prize.
TheTesla World Light is set in New York in 1905. Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to J.P. Morgan, his onetime benefactor.
Inspired by real events, this electrifying short is a spectacular burst of image and sound that draws as much from the tradition of avant-garde cinema as it does from animated documentary. Sound design is by Sacha A. Ratcliffe.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Montreal-based Rankin studied Quebec history at McGill University and Université Laval before turning to film. His work features a mixture of genres, the use of historical or documentary elements and a referential, lyrical aesthetic. He frequently employs experimental techniques. His most notable works are Cattle Call (co-directed with Mike Maryniuk, 2008), Hydro-Lévesque (2008), Tabula Rasa (2011) and Mynarski Death Plummet (2014).
The latter, which took the 2015 "Off-Limits" Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, received support from the NFB French Program's ACIC (Aide au cinéma indépendant – Canada) program. THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT is his second NFB film, following The Radical Expeditions of Walter Boudreau (2015).
Producer Julie Roy mentions: Matthew is talented, versatile, creative, cultivated, and a team player, and I was greatly impressed with his approach to Nikola Tesla, an important historical figure.
He casts the scientist in a whole new light by shooting in 16 mm and employing a range of hand-crafted animation techniques, from pixilation to puppet animation to ink on film—all of it in the NFB's purest auteur-animation tradition.
The 56th Semaine de la Critique takes place May 18 to 26, 2017 in Cannes, France.