TIFF opener will likely upset creationists

(Canscene) — The Toronto International Film Festival opening September 10 should be a timely visit to one of this century’s greatest controversies. It’s the world premiere of Creation, directed by Jon Amiel (The Core, Entrapment, The Man Who Knew Too Little).

Produced by Jeremy Thomas, the film tells the life story of Charles Darwin starring Paul Bettany as Darwin and Jennifer Connelly as his wife, Emma.

“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,” says Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “We are pleased to open the festival with such an impassioned look at Charles Darwin, especially in the year marking the 200th anniversary of his birth.”

Part ghost story, part psychological thriller, part heart-wrenching love story Creation is the story of Charles Darwin. His great, still controversial, book The Origin of Species depicts nature as a battleground. In Creation the battleground is a man’s heart. Torn between his love for his deeply religious wife and his own growing belief in a world where God has no place, Darwin finds himself caught in a struggle between faith and reason, love and truth.

Ticket packages for the Festival are now available for purchase by cash, debit or Visa†. Purchase online at tiff.net/the festival, by phone at 416-968-FILM or 1-877-968-FILM (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed weekends and holidays) or in person at the Festival Box Office at Nathan Phillips Square (Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week), located at 100 Queen Street West, in the white tent, west of the square. The 34th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10 to 19, 2009.
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