EXCLUSIVE: Based on the nonfiction book The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel, the film charts the career of Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar, a self-taught mathematical genius who, despite having no formal training, would make amazing contributions mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. Born in 1887 in the South Indian city of Erode, he demonstrated incredible ability from a young age and would move to England on the eve of World War I, where he was mentored by GH Hardy. Ramanujan would earn the distinction of becoming only the second Indian to be admitted into the Royal Society, but he became seriously ill as a result of having contracted Dysentery earlier in life, and died only 32 years old in 1919, leaving behind a scientific legacy that is still being examined to this day. In this exclusive clip, we see the personal toll his move to England took on him, as he grapples with professional obstacles, personal privation and prejudice.
Written and directed by Matthew brown, the film stars Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Devika Bhise, Jeremy Northam, Stephen Fry and Toby Jones. It’s produced by Edward R. Pressman, Jim Young, Joe Thomas, Matthew Brown, Sofia Sondervan and Jon Katz . CAA is in charge of US sales while Mister Smith Entertainment will handle International Sales.
The Man Who Knew Infinity is set to world premiere at Toronto Flim Festival on September 17 in the Gala Presentation section.