Rated PG 123 minutes 2007

Swiss director Fredi M. Murer, whose somber Alpine Fire (1985) featured a deaf boy incestuously stranded with his sister in the mountains, goes to the other extreme with this celebratory, family-friendly fable about a child genius with supersensitive hearing who finds himself all too immersed in the adult world. The twelve-year-old Vitus (portrayed by piano prodigy Teo Gheorghiu), a prisoner of his well-meaning parents' high expectations, can relax only during visits to his carpenter grandfather (a splendid turn by Bruno Ganz) as they tinker in the workshop and dream of flying. Then a daring self-empowerment scheme -- fueled not by CGI-enhanced superpowers but by the ingenious deployment of his hitherto hated intelligence -- allows Vitus to commandeer his own fate.

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Director: Fredi M. Murer

Writer: Peter Luisi and Fredi M. Murer

Producer: Christian Davi

Cast: Fabrizio Borsani, Teo Gheorghiu, Julika Jenkins, Urs Jucker, Bruno Ganz, Eleni Haupt, Kristina Lykowa, Tamara Scarpellini, Daniel Rohr and Norbert Schwientek

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