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A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING

TFF 2016 Directed by Tom Tykwer
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING [TFF 2016]
Tom Hanks stars as Alan Clay, a struggling American businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia in hopes of landing a career-saving IT contract by selling a new technology to the king for a massive, inexplicable development in the middle of nowhere. Upon arrival, he finds only labyrinthine bureaucracy and endless desert. As he awaits the arrival of the perpetually absent monarch, Clay gets to know his local driver, sneaks some contraband hooch with a European diplomat, and begins to monitor a suspicious growth on his back with increasing alarm.

Tom Tykwer’s wryly comic adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel is a darkly funny, fish out of water story that points to bigger ideas about America’s outdated sense of its own importance in the global marketplace, and the dashed hopes and desperation of American business abroad. A thoroughly enjoyable allegory, A Hologram for a King is simultaneously subtle and surreal, drolly funny, and wistfully sad.

—Cara Cusumano
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Tom Hanks stars as Alan Clay, a struggling American businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia in hopes of landing a career-saving IT contract by selling a new technology to the king for a massive, inexplicable development in the middle of nowhere. Upon arrival, he finds only labyrinthine bureaucracy and endless desert. As he awaits the arrival of the perpetually absent monarch, Clay gets to know his local driver, sneaks some contraband hooch with a European diplomat, and begins to monitor a suspicious growth on his back with increasing alarm.

Tom Tykwer’s wryly comic adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel is a darkly funny, fish out of water story that points to bigger ideas about America’s outdated sense of its own importance in the global marketplace, and the dashed hopes and desperation of American business abroad. A thoroughly enjoyable allegory, A Hologram for a King is simultaneously subtle and surreal, drolly funny, and wistfully sad.

—Cara Cusumano
Film Information
Year: 2016
Length: 99 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA, Germany
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Tom Tykwer
Screenwriter: Tom Tykwer
Producer: Uwe Schott, Stefan Arndt, Arcadiy Golubovich, Tim O'Hair, Gary Goetzman
Editor: Alexander Berner
Cinematographer: Frank Griebe
Executive Producer: Steven Shareshian, Gaston Pavlovich, Claudia Bluemhuber, Irene Gall, Gero Bauknecht, Jim Seibel, Bill Johnson, Shervin Pishevar
Cast: Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Whishaw, Tom Skerritt
Contacts

Print Source
Eddie Dotson
Roadside Attractions
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: 323 882 8490
eddied@roadsideattractions.com

International Sales Contact
Jeremie Guiraud
Lotus Entertainment
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310 836 2000
jeremie@lotusentertainment.com

Press Contact
Ashton Fontana
42West
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 646 301 3513
ashton.fontana@42west.net

About the Director(s)
Tom Tykwer is one of the most influential and renowned contemporary German filmmakers. His international hit Run Lola Run (1999) was followed by such stylistically challenging movies as Cloud Atlas (2012, co-directed with the Wachowskis). Tykwer also works as a soundtrack composer on most of his films.

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