Having shown two compelling films last month, the Gold Coast International Film Festival’s Spring Furman Film Series is in full swing and will continue with another round featuring The Man Who Knew Infinity on Wednesday, May 4; Eva Hesse, on Wednesday, May 18; and a special bonus film on June 1.
Along with these screenings, film buffs and fans can get up close and personal with the creative minds behind these releases during Q&As with filmmakers and industry professionals at Bow Tie Squire Cinemas at 115 Middle Neck Rd. in Great Neck.
Based on the untold story of one of the greatest minds of his generation, The Man Who Knew Infinity charts the incredible life of Srinivasa Ramanujan (played by Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel), whose genius for mathematics takes him from the slums of India to Trinity College, Cambridge University in the early 20th century. Spurred on by his mentor G. H. Hardy (Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons), Ramanujan overcomes racism and the rigidity of academia to revolutionize the field with his startlingly original theorems, which he attributes to divine inspiration.
Driven by the engaging rapport between Patel and Irons as two vastly different men who find common ground in the world of numbers, the film offers a fascinating look at how an unlikely, cross-cultural friendship changed the world. Directed by Matthew Brown, The Man Who Knew Infinity, an Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on May 4. For tickets, visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org/the-man-who-knew-infinity. Individual tickets cost $15; $10 for students in advance; $20 at the door.
The Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF) was established to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry. Year-round events include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties and a gala.
During the annual seven-day fall festival, area residents, visitors, members of the business and film communities, public officials, students and academics come together to celebrate the art and influence of cinema on Long Island’s Gold Coast. GCIFF also presents dozens of preview screenings and filmmaker Q&As throughout the year at the Furman and Douglas Elliman Film Series.
GCIFF is produced by the Gold Coast Arts Center, a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1993 and an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both in Washington, DC, and is dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach.
For more information on the Gold Coast International Film Festival, visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org.