X + Y

Dramatic Comedy | 2014

Preferring to hide in the safety of his own private world, Nathan struggles to connect with people, often pushing away those who want to be closest to him.



Festivals & Awards

Official Selection Special Presentation Toronto International Film Festival 2014
Official Selection Busan International Film Festival 2014
Official Selection Dinard Film Festival 2014
Official Selection London Film Festival 2014
Official Selection Rome Film Festival 2014, Winner Alice nella città strand the prize
Official Selection Black Nights Film festival 2014, Winner Just Film Grand Prix prize
Official Selection International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino, Winner Children’s Jury prize
The Church Sweden Award - BUFF International FIlm Festival 2015
Young People’s Film Award -BUFF International FIlm Festival 2015
ECFA Award -BUFF International FIlm Festival 2015



Cast & Credits

Director: Morgan Matthews
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall, Eddie Marsan



Synopsis

Preferring to hide in the safety of his own private world, Nathan struggles to connect with people, often pushing away those who want to be closest to him, including his mother, Julie. Without the ability to understand love or affection, Nathan finds the comfort and security he needs in numbers and mathematics.

Mentored by his unconventional and anarchic teacher, Mr Humphreys, it becomes clear that Nathan’s talents are enough to win him a place on the British team competing at the highly revered International Mathematics Olympiad. Being part of a team and one which has a real chance of winning seems like it could change Nathan’s life forever.

But when the team go to train in Taiwan, Nathan is faced with a multitude of unexpected challenges, not least the new and unfamiliar feelings he begins to experience for one of the Taiwanese competitors, the beautiful Zhang Mei.

From England to Taipei and back again, this inspiring and life-affirming story follows the unconventional and hilarious relationship between student and teacher, whose roles are often reversed, and the unfathomable experience of first love - when you don’t even understand what love is.



Press & Reviews

Asa Butterfield and Rafe Spall circle Origin Pictures' X + Y | Screen International
Hawkins, Marsan join X Plus Y | Screen International