Amiel’s Creation to open Toronto
by Naman Ramachandran
British director Jon Amiel’s Charles Darwin biopic Creation, starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, and produced by Jeremy Thomas, will open the 34th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
TIFF Director and CEO Piers Handling said, “The tension between faith and reason is prominent in contemporary culture and this intimate look at Darwin puts a human face on a man whose theory remains controversial to this day. We are pleased to open the Festival with such an impassioned look at Charles Darwin, especially on the year marking the 200th anniversary of his birth.”
Festival Co-Director Cameron Bailey said, “By telling a story on many levels, weaving scenes from past and present, this depiction of Darwin promises to deeply move audiences by drawing them into the conflicted mind of a man who presented a concept that changed the world.”
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