IFFR 2019’s closing film is a sharp thriller featuring Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skårsgard as two Wall Street geeks who come up with a bizarre, lucrative plan. All the two smart cousins have to do is run a fibre-optic cable from Kansas to New Jersey, while outsmarting their canny boss. As soon as the project comes to fruition, they can retire from their jobs.

The aim of the plan is to gain a millisecond (the time the titular hummingbird requires to flap its wings) on the data transfer of commercially sensitive information, so obtaining a trading advantage. Vincent becomes embroiled in a logistics nightmare as he tries to convince investors to finance the fibre-optic cable which is plotted to run straight through people’s property, nature reserves, lakes and mountain ranges. This brilliantly acted, hybrid tragicomedy/thriller is mainly about the insanely fast times we live in. 

Closing Film IFFR 2019. Please note: tickets for this film are not available separately, only in combination with the Closing Party. Also see Closing Night: The Hummingbird Project & Party

Filmmaker
Premiere
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Country
Canada, Belgium
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
111’
Language
English
Producer
Pierre Even
Production Company
ITEM 7, Belga Productions
Sales
HanWay Films
Writer
Kim Nguyen
Cinematography
Nicolas Bolduc
Editor
Arthur Tarnowski, Nicolas Chaudeurge
Production Design
Emmanuel Frechette
Sound Design
Pierre Mertens, Thomas Gauder, Paul Heymans
Music
Yves Gourmeur
Cast
Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek, Michael Mando, Johan Heldenbergh, Ayisha Issa, Mark Slacke