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The Man Who Knew Infinity (film)

The Man Who Knew Infinity
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Matthew Brown
Produced by Edward R. Pressman
Jim Young
Joe Thomas
Mark Montgomery
(Executive Producer)
Screenplay by Matthew Brown
Based on The Man Who Knew Infinity
by Robert Kanigel
Starring Dev Patel
Jeremy Irons
Devika Bhise
Toby Jones
Stephen Fry
Jeremy Northam
Kevin McNally
Enzo Cilenti
Music by Coby Brown
Cinematography Larry Smith
Edited by JC Bond
Pressman Film
Xeitgeist Entertainment Group
Cayenne Pepper Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros.
(United Kingdom)
IFC Films
(United States)
Release date
  • 17 September 2015 (2015-09-17) (TIFF)
  • 8 April 2016 (2016-04-08) (UK)
  • 29 April 2016 (2016-04-29) (US)
Running time
108 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $11 million

The Man Who Knew Infinity is a 2015 British biographical drama film based on the 1991 book of the same name by Robert Kanigel. The film stars Dev Patel as Srinivasa Ramanujan, a real-life mathematician who after growing up poor in Madras, India, earns admittance to Cambridge University during World War I, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G. H. Hardy, portrayed by Jeremy Irons.

Filming began in August 2014 at Trinity College, Cambridge. The film had its world premiere as a gala presentation at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and was selected as the opening gala of the 2015 Zurich Film Festival. It also played other film festivals including Singapore International Film Festival and Dubai International Film Festival.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Srinivasa Ramanujan is a struggling and indigent citizen in the city of Madras in India working at menial jobs at the edge of poverty. While performing his menial labor, his employers notice that he seems to have exceptional skills at mathematics and they begin to make use of him for rudimentary accounting tasks. It becomes equally clear to his employers, who are college educated, that Ramanujan's mathematical insights exceed the simple accounting tasks they are assigning to him and soon they encourage him to make his personal writings in mathematics available to the general public and to start to contact professors of mathematics at universities by writing to them. One such letter is sent to G.H. Hardy, a famous mathematician at Cambridge University, who begins to take a special interest in Ramanujan.

  • 17 September 2015 (2015-09-17) (TIFF)
  • 8 April 2016 (2016-04-08) (UK)
  • 29 April 2016 (2016-04-29) (US)


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