A Brilliant Young Mind

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United Kingdom | 2014 | 111 minutes | Morgan Matthews

October 9 - 15, 2015

SIFF Cinema Uptown | One Week Only, Exclusive Presentation
Asa Butterfield (Hugo) stars alongside the great British actors Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall, and Eddie Marsan in this tender coming-of-age romance about a teenage math prodigy who has trouble relating emotionally to other people, until a trip to the International Mathematics Olympiad in Taipei expands his mind as well as his heart.

British teenager Nathan (Butterfield) struggles when it comes to emotionally connecting with other people, not least with his caring mother (Sally Hawkins), but finds solace from a confusing world by taking comfort in numbers. After forging an unusal friendship with an unconventional and anarchic teacher (Rafe Spall), Nathan wins a place on the U.K.'s National team at the International Mathematics Olympiad. Traveling to training camp in Taiwan under the supervision of enthusiastic squad leader Richard (Eddie Marsan), 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).

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.

  • Director: Morgan Matthews
  • Principal Cast: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Jo Yang
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 111 minutes
  • Format: DCP