A Brilliant Young Mind
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Location: Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, Great Neck
Directed by Morgan Matthews. UK, 2014, 111 min.
A young math genius sees logic thwarted by one truly baffling equation: love.
Teenage math prodigy Nathan (Asa Butterfield – Hugo, Boy in the Striped Pajamas) struggles when it comes to building relationships with other people, not least with his mother, Julie (Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine, Happy Go Lucky). In a world difficult to comprehend, he finds comfort in numbers. And when Nathan is taken under the wing of an unconventional and anarchic teacher, Mr. Humphreys (Rafe Spall – Life of Pi), the pair forge an unusual friendship. Eventually, Nathan’s talents win him a place on the UK National team at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) and the team travel to a training camp in Taiwan. In unfamiliar surroundings, Nathan is confronted by a series of unexpected challenges — not least the unfamiliar feelings he begins to experience for his Chinese counterpart, the beautiful Zhang Mei (Jo Yang), feelings that develop when the young mathematicians return to England for the IMO, held at Trinity College, Cambridge. From suburban England to bustling Taipei and back again, this original and heart-warming film tracks the funny and complex relationships that Nathan builds, as he is confronted by the irrational nature of love.
“Deeply affecting and offers a spot-on portrait of autism and the bewitching world of math” – Hollywood Reporter
“A satisfying, compelling drama.” – Variety
“Impossibly charming” – the Playlist
Official Selection 2014 Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Rome Film Festival
Nominated for 4 British Independent Film Awards
Winner – Best Feature – Palm Beach International Film Festival