IFC Films has picked up North American distribution rights to writer-director Matthew Brown’s “The Man Who Knew Infinity.” The drama is based on Robert Kanigel’s biography and stars Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Devika Bhise, Stephen Fry and Toby Jones. After world premiering in the Gala Presentations section of the Toronto International Film Festival in September, the movie went on to open the Zurich Film Festival.
The official synopsis reads: “‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ is the true story of a friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Ramanujan (Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematician travels to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he forges a bond with his mentor, the eccentric professor GH Hardy (Irons), and fights against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world.”
“Matthew Brown has crafted a crowd-pleasing film, ideal for smart adult audiences, in which both Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel deliver incredible performances,” said Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.
The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions from Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. No release date has been set.