Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, September 21, 2007

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Film
  • Fees Apply

(Switzerland—2006—directed by Fredi M. Murer)

A young boy who almost seems to be from another planet, the immensely gifted 12-year-old Vitus (Teo Gheorghiu) has hearing as keen as a bat, plays the piano brilliantly, and has been intensely studying encyclopedias since the age of five. His parents have mapped out a magnificent future for him as a great concert pianist, yet Vitus himself has a different dream – that of being a normal child. Spending time with his eccentric grandfather (the great Bruno Ganz of Wings of Desire) with whom he shares his fantasies of someday piloting an airplane, Vitus finds a way – in one single, unexpected leap – to take control of his own life, and his own destiny. One of the year’s most charming surprises is also one of the best and most insightful portraits of childhood the screen has given us in decades. In Swiss German with English subtitles. (100 min.)

“A gentle fable and an endearing empowerment fantasy. Murer shows how our families also give us the wings to fly.”      -Carrie Rickey, The Philadelphia Inquirer