The Current War


Film Info
Category:Big Nights
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:105 min.
Director:Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Screenwriter:Michael Mitnick
Cinematographer:Chung-hoon Chung
Editor:David Trachtenberg
Cast:Katherine Waterston
Benedict Cumberbatch
Tom Holland
Michael Shannon
Print Source:The Weinstein Company
Note Writer:Karen Davis


CLOSING NIGHT. In stellar performances that crackle and shine, Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, MVFF 2014), Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals, MVFF 2016), and Nicholas Hoult (Kill Your Friends, MVFF 2015) don the brilliant, larger-than-life personae of Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla in this triangular tale of electricity’s trailblazing pioneers. “This is just how boys play,” opines a nonplussed Westinghouse, the more equanimous of the three, as the incendiary Edison creates a buzzworthy public smear campaign against him, while Tesla walks a fine line, creating an alternating current between the two highly-charged poles. In the war for nationwide dominance between two delivery systems—AC (Westinghouse) and DC (Edison)—the stakes are sky-high as competitive bidding for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair draws nigh. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) enlightening film skillfully weaves together personal and technological histories, in an illuminating tale of the demigods of conductivity.


7:00 PM - 10 PM | Mill Valley Plaza

Additional Information

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon was born in Laredo, Texas. He received his BFA from New York University and MFA from the American Film Institute. His directorial credits include episodes of American Horror Story and the features The Town That Dreaded Sundown and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. The Current War is his latest film.