Asa Butterfield as a Young Math Prodigy in First 'X+Y' Trailer from TIFF
"If beauty is truth, and truth is beauty, well, then surely mathematics is the most beautiful thing of all." Check out this trailer for a film titled X+Y, not the best title but I see what they were going for, a drama about a talented young math prodigy diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Asa Butterfield plays the boy, Nathan, who is being raised by a single mother, played by the always impressive Sally Hawkins, and he befriends his teacher, played by Rafe Spall. He ends up on a big trip to Taiwan on the British team of the International Mathematics Olympiad, joined by Eddie Marsan there. It's a great cast, and while the trailer occasionally gets a bit sappy, there is something unique about it and I'm curious to see. Give it a look.
From the TIFF 2014 guide: "Diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum when he was a little boy, Nathan (Asa Butterfield) has always struggled to relate to people, even to his ever-loving and patient widowed mother, Julie (Sally Hawkins). Numbers (especially prime ones) are the only things that make sense to him. But when attentive teacher Mr. Humphreys (Rafe Spall) takes an interest in Nathan's talents, doors begin to open." X+Y is directed by Morgan Matthews, a TV and documentary director of past, from a screenplay by newcomer James Graham. The film is premiering at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and will be looking for a US distributor there. Stay tuned for additional updates on US release details. Thoughts?