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ECFA Award Winner

X + Y (A Brillant Young Mind)

Original title: X + Y
German title: X + Y
Great Britain, 2014

Director: Matthews, Morgan
Production company: Origin Pictures
Age recommendation: 12 years and up
Length: 111 min.
Film genre: Feature film

A young maths genius has his logic thwarted by the one thing he can’t make sense of: love.

X+Y follows Nathan, an awkward, idiosyncratic teenager, grappling with the sudden death of the one person who understood him; his father. As he struggles to connect with those around him, he is introduced to an anarchic and unconventional maths teacher who takes Nathan under his wing.

Soon Nathan finds himself selected for the UK Mathematics Squad and, against the odds, representing his country in Taipei. Over there, the academically gifted aren't bullied but celebrated, envied and even invited to parties. Nathan's rational brain can cope with the most complex of maths problems just fine, the real test comes when he meets his female exchange partner, Zhang Mei, and has to cope with falling in love; the most irrational thing of all.

Just Film Tallinn 2014 (awarded), Ale Kino! Poznan 2014 (awarded), BUFF Malmö 2015 (awarded with ECFA Award and others), Stockholm Junior 2015, Cine-Jeune St. Quentin 2015 (awarded), Kristiansand CFF 2015, Vilnius CFF 2015, Kinodisea Bucharest 2015, Just Film Tallinn 2015 (awarded), Youngabout Bologna 2016 (awarded), Cinema in Sneakers Warsaw 2016

World sales address/es:
Bankside (GB)