Maria Skłodowska-Curie biopic premieres at Toronto Film Festival

A biographical feature film about the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, Maria Skłodowska-Curie, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

English actress Rosamund Pike plays the main role in the movie, Radioactive, directed by French-Iranian director Marjane Satrapi.

The movie was first shown during the Toronto Film Festival. It will be released in theatres next year.

Maria Skłodowska-Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland. However, she emigrated to Paris in order to attend university there. In France, she met and married a fellow physicist, Pierre Curie.

Together, they went on to conduct most of their studies and were both awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903. Marie was awarded another Nobel Prize, this time in Chemistry, in 1911.

The Curies are credited with discovering the elements of Polonium and Radium. As the effects of radioactivity well not well understood at the time, Marie did not that necessary precautions and developed several illnesses associated with radiation. She died at the age of 67.

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