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Producer Edward R. Pressman to Be Honored at Germany's Oldenburg Film Festival

Producer Edward R. Pressman to Be Honored at Germany's Oldenburg Film Festival
Germany's Oldenburg Film Festival will honor producing legend Edward R. Pressman for his contributions to international cinema.

Pressman, 74, is a giant on the independent scene. The cinematic résumé from his decades-long career includes such genre classics as Conan the Destroyer, Bad Lieutenant, The Crow and American Psycho.

More recently, Pressman produced Matt Brown's The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.

The Oldenburg Festival, which runs Sept. 13-17, will honor Pressman with a retrospective of his work. The German fest, which styles itself as “Germany's Sundance,” specializes in independent cinema, particularly U.S. genre fare.

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Giveaway: Win The Man Who Knew Infinity Blu-ray (3 Winners)

The fascinating and deeply spiritual story of Indian mathematician Ramanujan is relatively unknown in the western world. Through filmmaker Matthew Brown and actors Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons, his brilliance comes to live in the feature film, The Man Who Knew Infinity.

Paramount Home Entertainment is releasing The Man Who Knew Infinity on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on August 23rd, and the studio has graciously given us three copies of the Blu-ray edition to award to three of you lucky readers in this giveaway. For a chance to win one, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.

In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian genius, traveled to
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Film Review: ‘London Town’

Film Review: ‘London Town’
In an era where Cbgb can be reborn as a themed restaurant at the Newark airport, and Iggy Pop’s musical accounts of heroin dependency can soundtrack cruise ship commercials, it’s not such a far leap to imagine the music of the Clash and the squalor of punk squats in pre-Thatcherite London serving as the backdrop for a sweetly lighthearted teenage coming-of-age tale. But that doesn’t make it any less strange.

Such is the gauntlet thrown down by Derrick Borte’s “London Town,” which follows a bright-eyed 15-year-old named Shay (Daniel Huttlestone) as he struggles to deal with some tough times in the summer of 1978, finding solace in the music, and the person, of Clash frontman Joe Strummer (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). To be sure, the film has plenty of qualities to recommend it: Meyers’ portrayal of the punk godhead is studied and exacting, from his diction to his
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IFC Buys Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ ‘London Town’ (Exclusive)

IFC Buys Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ ‘London Town’ (Exclusive)
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Derrick Borte’s “London Town,” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe Strummer, the frontman for the influential punk band The Clash.

IFC made the announcement Friday afternoon, shortly before the world premiere of “London Town” in the world fiction competition of the LA Film Festival.

The film, set in 1978, centers on a teenager (played by Daniel Huttlestone), who becomes responsible for his younger sister when his dad is hospitalized. His only salvation is seeing The Clash perform so he ventures into central London from its bleak outskirts only to find his estranged mother, played by Natascha McElhone.

Borte’s film was written by Matthew Brown. It was produced by Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film, Christine Vachon of Killer Films and Tom Butterfield of Culmination Productions.

The deal reunites IFC Films with screenwriter Brown and producer Sofia Sondervan on the heels of
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Man Who Knew Infinity In St. Louis

Written and directed by Matthew Brown, The Man Who Knew Infinity is the true story of friendship that forever changed mathematics.

In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where over the course of five years, forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world.

The film also stars Devika Bhise, Stephen Fry and Toby Jones. This is Ramanujan’s story as seen through Hardy’s eyes.

The Man Who Knew Infinity Opens in St. Louis on Friday, May 13th at Landmark’S Plaza Frontenac Cinema and Landmark’S Tivoli.

Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win a pass (Good for 2) to the advance screening of The Man Who Knew Infinity on Tuesday, May 10 at 7Pm in the St. Louis area.
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The Man Who Knew Infinity Movie Review

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The Man Who Knew Infinity Movie Review
The Man Who Knew Infinity IFC Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director: Matthew Brown Written by: Matthew Brown from Robert Kanigel’s book Cast: Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Devika Bhise, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones Screened at: Review, NYC, 4/25/16 Opens: April 29, 2016 Despite the universal numeracy requirement that students may plod through from pre-school to kindergarten, it’s safe to assume that most people have no idea what pure math is all about. This is true as well for the people in India that form one subject of writer-director Matthew Brown in “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” based on Robert Kanigel’s book, The Man Who Knew Infinity: A [ Read More ]

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Dancing with numbers by Anne-Katrin Titze

Director/screenwriter Matt Brown with Coby Brown, theme music composer of The Man Who Knew Infinity Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Man Who Knew Infinity, based on the biography by Robert Kanigel, stars Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel, with Devika Bhise, Toby Jones, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally, Enzo Cilenti and Richard Johnson. At a preview screening in New York hosted by Gabriel Byrne, J.C. Chandor, Bennett Miller, Emily Mortimer, Joanna Coles, Hendrik Hertzberg, Steve Kroft, Lawrence O’Donnell and Beau Willimon, I spoke with Matt Brown on missing Jeremy Irons in Long Day's Journey into Night and remembering him in Barbet Schroeder's Reversal of Fortune, produced by Edward R Pressman.

Matt Brown with producer Edward R Pressman Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Writing Derrick Borte's London Town inspired by Joe Strummer and The Clash, studying math on couches and how Matt's relationship with his brother Coby influenced the making
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“Dev Patel Owns Ramanujan The Way Kingsley Owned Gandhi” – Subhash K Jha reviews The Man Who Knew Infinity

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The Man Who Knew Infinity

Starring Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Devika Bhise

Written & Directed by Matthew Brown

Rating: *****(5 Stars)

How does one describe, let alone cinematically circumscribe ,the life of an unvarnished genius like Srinivasa Ramanujan who at the at the age of 32 had burnt himself out, scorned, smothered and snuffed out by his own unplumbed brilliance.

This is not an easy story to tell. Director Matthew Brown wisely follows the course set down by Robert Kanigel’s biography of Ramanujan. As seen through the prism of poignant artlessness and a belief that the mathematical genius flows from the will of God, true to the somber end to its unrehearsed design, the narrative seems to flow almost by divine ordinance.

The story of a simple human being with a complex mathematical mind that he failed to explain to himself, let alone to the world which marveled at his prodigious skills,
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Infinity and beyond by Anne-Katrin Titze

Jeremy Irons on his director: "Matt was very passionate to make it " Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Gabriel Byrne (Jérôme Bonnell's Just A Sigh), Jc Chandor (A Most Violent Year), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Emily Mortimer (Doll & Em), Joanna Coles, Hendrik Hertzberg, Steve Kroft, Lawrence O’Donnell and Beau Willimon (House of Cards creator) hosted an invited screening of Matt Brown's The Man Who Knew Infinity with Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Devika Bhise and producer Edward R. Pressman.

The Man Who Knew Infinity director Matt Brown with Dev Patel Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Gabriel Byrne with Jessica Lange, Michael Shannon and John Gallagher Jr. opened on Broadway the same night in the Roundabout Theater Company production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Jeremy Irons just finished a run of the play in Bristol at the Old Vic.

Based on the biography by Robert Kanigel of mathematician S.
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Review: 'The Man Who Knew Infinity' Is Formulaic To A Fault

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Review: 'The Man Who Knew Infinity' Is Formulaic To A Fault
A mannered and milquetoast period biopic about the short life of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, "The Man Who Knew Infinity" opens with a Bertrand Russell quote that conveniently frames its failings: "Mathematics, rightly viewed, posses not only truth but supreme beauty." Writer-director Matthew Brown ("Ropewalk") has made a handsome and well-meaning testament to a rare man, but his film is all truth and no beauty (and that truth has been strained through the filter of historical revisionism and narrative convenience).  Essentially "The Theory of Everything" meets "Good Will Hunting" with a hard colonialist twist, "The Man Who Knew Infinity" begins in 1920, where snooty British academic G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons, who's a treat to watch even on auto-pilot) is waxing nostalgic about "the most romantic figure in the recent history of mathematics." He's referring, of course, to Ramanujan (Dev Patel, natch),...
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[Review] The Man Who Knew Infinity

A bit character in Matt Brown‘s affecting biographical drama The Man Who Knew Infinity chants “Din, Din, Din, Gunga Din” a couple times in friendly jest as a response to his employer G.H. Hardy’s (Jeremy Irons) decision to send for an uneducated South Indian man on the merits of a letter presenting the potential for mathematical genius named Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel). We laugh at the line’s delivery as well as Hardy’s humored look of contempt because we embrace levity. What’s ironic, though, is just how close to Rudyard Kipling’s tragic poem this story of a true intellectual legend proves. The “abuse” isn’t physical and Hardy almost instantly acknowledges Ramanujan to be the better mind, but similarities including its depiction of race relations between Britain and India remain.

This is why I found myself enjoying the film as much as I did.
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Mark Zuckerberg Sundar Pichai to raise foundation for Ramanujan

Mark Zuckerberg Sundar Pichai to raise foundation for Ramanujan
On Saturday night at the billionaire Russian entrepreneur and founder of Digital Skies Technologies Yuri Milner's home in Silicon Valley, a screening was held of the Indian mathematics genius Srinivasa Ramanujan's new bio-pic The Man Who Knew Infinity directed by Matthew Brown. The who's-who of America's moneyed and powered super-elite came out of the screening teary-eyed and somber-mooded. Says a source close to the film's production, "Sundar Pichai (CEO Google), Sergey Brin (founder Google), Mark Zuckerberg (founder Facebook), Salman Khan (Khan Academy) , Brandon Irebe (Oculus rift founder), and some other fifty '1 percenters' of Silicon Valley were at Yuri Milner's house in (most expensive house in America). Yuri hosted a very private screening and dinner for the film. And they came out tears." Some of those who saw this deeply moving film on the life of mathematician who journeyed from anonymity in his village in Tamil Nadu to everlasting fame
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Newport Beach Ff launches UK Spotlight

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Newport Beach Ff launches UK Spotlight
The California festival hosted on Friday its evening celebration of British cinema and culture.

The UK Spotlight featured screenings of Terence DaviesSunset Song, Matt Brown’s The Man Who Knew Infinity, and Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise (pictured), followed by a reception.

“The Festival continues a proud tradition of presenting the very best in British cinema,” said Newport Beach Film Festival CEO Gregg Schwenk. “We are honoured to host the regional premiere of Sunset Song. Terence Davies has crafted a stunning, visual masterpiece.

Dev Patel delivers an outstanding and emotionally perfect performance in The Man Who Knew Infinity.

High-Rise is sure be one of the most talked-about film sat the festival. Director Ben Wheatley takes us on a phantasmagorical journey through the inner workings of a highly stylised dystopian world.”

The Newport Beach Film Festival UK Spotlight is supported by Cadillac, Visit Newport Beach, HMV – UK, Bulgari Hotel London, British American Business Council – Orange County, BritWeek and Screen
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The Man Who Knew Infinity Review [Tribeca 2016]

The Man Who Knew Infinity seeks to tell a unique and, for me at least, relatively unknown story about a mathematics prodigy who faces discrimination and homesickness in his quest to prove his own theorems. Its subject is Srinivasa Ramanujen, perhaps one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th Century, whose work shaped the future of the discipline and whose theorems still confound mathematicians to this day.

Dev Patel stars as Ramanujen, a young man from Madras, India who can calculate complex mathematical theorems without the benefit of an education or even an understanding of the formal laws of mathematics. When he sends some of his work to Cambridge mathematician G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons) in the hopes that the professor will help him to get it published, Hardy sees Ramanujen’s brilliance for what it is. Leaving his wife (Devika Bhise) and mother (Arundhati Nag) in Madras, Ramanujen
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Hollywood Actress Devika Bhise Wants To Work With Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani

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Hollywood actress of Indian origin, Devika Bhise, who’s getting rave reviews for her power-packed performance in upcoming biographical drama, The Man Who Knew Infinity, which is based on the life of mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, says that she wouldn’t mind doing a Bollywood film, provided she gets the right script.

The actress, who plays Ramanujan’s wife Janaki in the movie, is quite intrigued with Bollywood and wouldn’t mind doing a Hindi film. When asked, if she would want to work in a Bollywood film, Devika Bhise said, “Bollywood is such an interesting place and the roles and the movies that are being created, have definitely changed over the last couple of years and are continuing to change so, I think, if I get the right project, I would definitely want to do that. As of now, I haven’t read any script that I have loved.
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‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ Set To Hit The Screens On April 29

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After making waves at several International film festivals, the makers of Dev Patel-Jeremy Irons starrer The Man Who Knew Infinity have unveiled the first poster of the upcoming biopic, which is based on the life of renowned mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.

The poster features the film’s lead actors Dev Patel, who is essaying the role of Ramanujan and Jeremy Irons, who has played the role of Professor Gh Hardy, along with the film’s leading lady Devika Bhise and Toby Jones and Stephen Fry.

Set against the backdrop of the First World War, the film is based on Robert Kanigel’s eponymous book, which revolves around a friendship that forever changed the vast world of mathematics. The Man Who Knew Infinity follows the journey of Ramanujan, a poor self-taught Indian mathematician, from Madras to the prestigious Trinity College, Cambridge. There he forges a bond with his mentor, the eccentric Professor Gh Hardy.
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The Man Who Knew Infinity Review

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The Imitation Game was a prime example of an entertaining cinematic endeavour that made maths sexy. Bearing a similar narrative to that of Matt Brown’s The Man Who Knew Infinity, we candidly explored the life of an outsider, using maths as a means of establishing himself and making a difference to the world. Except

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Movie Review – The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)

The Man Who Knew Infinity, 2015.

Directed by Matthew Brown.

Starring Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones and Stephen Fry.


The true-story of famed mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan. With no formal-training, Ramanujan created new theorems and research that is remains vital to mathematics today.

The Man Who Knew Infinity smells glorious. A mathematically meaty subject in the vein of A Beautiful Mind, flavoured with the rags-to-riches, Indian backdrop of Slumdog Millionaire and topped off with a dash of The Theory of Everything’s true-story, Cambridge roots. Starring Dev Patel as the impoverished genius of Madras and Jeremy Irons as the gravelly voiced scholar, this is a tale that proudly champions the value of education and stands in awe of the teachers of the past. Unfortunately, The Man Who Knew Infinity has little else to champion with a difficult relationship at its core and a muddy backdrop of wartime always lurking at the edge,
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The Man Who Knew Infinity review: “A fantastic endeavour.”

The Man Who Knew Infinity review: Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel team up in a mathematical focused movie with a lot of heart. The Man Who Knew Infinity review

Remember having that immortal line in maths classes drilled into your head? “Don’t forget to show your working!” Well, this forms the basis for this delightful biopic of maths genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel). It’s something we hear time and time again as children and young adults, and at the time it can be hard to make sense of. Surely if you know and are confident in the answer, then what does it matter how you get there?

The Man Who Knew Infinity, despite having a title that doesn’t quite role off the tongue, is a fantastic endeavour, as it presents a man who would normally be ignored by the genre. Famous musicians or world leaders are easy and known by all,
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