Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

X + Y

Year: 2014
Run Time: 111 minutes

X + Y
X + Y
X + Y

Sixteen-year-old Nathan Ellis (Asa Butterfield of “Hugo”) has always been the “weird” one. At the age of nine, he was identified as being on the autism spectrum, both with gifts (he is particularly adept at math) and challenges (he has a hard time communicating). Yet, among the other teenage contenders for the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO), Nathan is, for the first time, utterly average. And only six of the 20 or so semi-finalists will have the opportunity to represent the United Kingdom in the most prestigious mathematics competition for high school students in the world. With the support of cynical math teacher Mr. Humphreys, a former IMO competitor with multiple sclerosis, and mom Julie, Nathan heads to a training camp in Taipei. But, on this journey, Nathan may have to prove more than just math theorems. Morgan Matthews’s X+Y – inspired by his 2007 documentary about the IMO selection process, “Beautiful Young Minds” – is a heartwarming coming-of-age drama about relishing in life’s unknowns. – E.B.

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Morgan Matthews

British director Morgan Matthews has been a prolific documentarian since 2002. A winner of two BAFTA Awards, Matthews is also the founder of Minnow Films, a London-based production company.

"Care House" (2003), "Rude Girls" (2004), "My Crazy Parents" (2004), "Taxidermy: Stuff the World" (2005), "Quitters" (2006), "Beautiful Young Minds" (2007), "The Fallen" (2008), "Scenes from a Teenage Killing" (2011), "Shooting Bigfoot" (2013), X+Y (2014)

Laura Hastings-Smith, David M. Thompson, Ed Rubin

James Graham

Danny Cohen

Peter Lambert

Principal Cast
Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Jo Yang

Film Contact

This film is presented with the generous support of JAMES S. ANDERSON and DAVID W. WITTKOWSKY.

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