The Hummingbird Project

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The Hummingbird Project
The Hummingbird Project.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKim Nguyen
Produced byPierre Even
Written byKim Nguyen
Music byYves Gourmeur
CinematographyNicolas Bolduc
Edited by
  • Arthur Tarnowski
  • Nicolas Chaudeurge
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 8, 2018 (2018-09-08) (TIFF)
  • March 15, 2019 (2019-03-15) (United States)
Running time
111 minutes[1]
  • Canada
  • Belgium
Box office$561,671[2][3]

The Hummingbird Project is a 2018 Canadian-Belgian drama thriller film about high-frequency trading and ultra-low latency direct market access, written and directed by Kim Nguyen produced by Pierre Even at Item 7. It stars Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek, and Michael Mando.

It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018. It was released in the United States on March 15, 2019, by The Orchard and was released on March 22, 2019 in Canada by Elevation Pictures.


Two high-frequency traders tangle with their old boss in an effort to make millions in a fibre-optic cable system to speed up share transactions thus being able to beat their opposition to share trades.



In May 2017, it was announced Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård had joined the cast of the film, with Kim Nguyen directing from a screenplay he wrote. Pierre Even served as a producer on the film, while Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger served as executive producers, under their Item 7, Automatik and HanWay Films banners, respectively.[4] In September 2017, Salma Hayek joined the cast,[5] followed in October 2017 by Michael Mando.[6]

Principal photography began in Quebec in November 2017.[7][8]


The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018,[9] and was the opening gala at the Vancouver International Film Festival later that month.[10][11] Shortly after, The Orchard acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[12] It had a limited release in the United States on March 15, 2019.[13]


  1. ^ "The Hummingbird Project". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Hummingbird Project (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Hummingbird Project (2019)". The Numbers. IMDb. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (8 May 2017). "Jesse Eisenberg & Alexander Skarsgard Flit To Kim Nguyen's 'The Hummingbird Project' – Cannes". Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  5. ^ Ritman, Alex (September 9, 2017). "Toronto: Salma Hayek Joins 'The Hummingbird Project'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  6. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (October 16, 2017). "'Better Call Saul's Michael Mando Joins Jesse Eisenberg In 'The Hummingbird Project'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "First Look: Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård in 'The Hummingbird Project' (exclusive)". Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Berlin First Look: Salma Hayek in 'The Hummingbird Project' (Exclusive)". Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  9. ^ T'Cha Dunlevy (10 September 2018). "TIFF 2018: Kim Nguyen takes flight with The Hummingbird Project". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 29 March 2019. ... The Hummingbird Project, which had its world première Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
  10. ^ Craig Takeuchi (30 September 2018). "Vancouver International Film Festival 2018 kicks off with opening gala red carpet". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (2018-09-06). "Film News Roundup: Jesse Eisenberg-Alexander Skarsgard's 'Hummingbird Project' to Open Vancouver Festival". Variety. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 11, 2018). "Kim Nguyen's 'The Hummingbird Project' Flies To The Orchard – Toronto". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  13. ^ Alexander Osipovich; Ira Iosebashvili (15 March 2019). "Who Wants to See a Movie About High-Frequency Trading? High-Frequency Traders". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 29 March 2019.

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