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Release Date:
7 December 2006 (Israel) See more »
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The story of a highly-gifted boy See more »
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The film tells the story of a highly-gifted boy whose parents have demanding and ambitious plans for him - they want him to become a pianist... See more » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Giving Back the Gift: The World of the Prodigy See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Fredi M. Murer 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Luisi 
Fredi M. Murer 
Lukas B. Suter 

Produced by
Christian Davi .... producer
Christof Neracher .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mario Beretta 
 
Cinematography by
Pio Corradi 
 
Film Editing by
Myriam Flury 
 
Casting by
Corinna Glaus 
 
Production Design by
Susanne Jauch 
 
Costume Design by
Sabine Maurer 
 
Makeup Department
Ronald Fahm .... makeup artist
Martine Felber .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Marc Daniel Gerber .... assistant unit manager
Marlis Stocker .... production manager
Ines Zurbuchen .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcel Just .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Thérèse Traber .... on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
Normann Büttner .... foley editor
Normann Büttner .... foley recordist
Matteo De Pellegrini .... boom operator
Micki Joanni .... adr editor
Mel Kutbay .... foley artist
Hugo Poletti .... sound
Patrick Storck .... sound editor
Jürg von Allmen .... sound designer
Jürg von Allmen .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christian Altdorfer .... still photographer
Ernst Brunner .... gaffer
Fabienne Gallina .... loader
Brian D. Goff .... Steadicam operator
Sandro Hofstetter .... lighting technician
Didier Lebel .... grip
Denis Lüthi .... lighting technician
Ueli Nüesch .... focus puller
David Satz .... additional electrician: lightning effects
 
Editorial Department
Tom Gerber .... assistant editor (as Thomas Gerber)
 
Music Department
Charles-Henri Alkan .... composer: additional music
Mili Balakirew .... composer: additional music
Alexey Botvinov .... musician
Rhonda Dorsey .... musician
Howard Griffiths .... conductor
 
Other crew
Barbara Krieger .... continuity
 
Thanks
William Fong .... thanks: The Purcell School
Adina Gheorghiu .... thanks
Howard Griffiths .... thanks: Zürcher Kammerorchester
Marc Sommer .... thanks
Edouard A. Stöckli .... with the generous support of
John Tolputt .... thanks: The Purcell School
 

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and language
Runtime:
100 min | USA:123 min | Germany:120 min
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Trivia:
This movie is based on the life of Vitus Duus Jensen.See more »
Quotes:
Vitus von Holzen - age 12:The hardest part was losing that game of chess!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Die Vitusmacher (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Klavierkonzert in a-Moll Op. 54See more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Giving Back the Gift: The World of the Prodigy, 29 November 2007
Author: gradyharp from United States

VITUS is a film from Switzerland that has garnered many accolades and nearly won an Oscar. And yes, it is that good! Written by Fredi M. Murer, Peter Luisi, and Lukas B. Suter and directed by Murer, VITUS explores the life of a child genius, a lad who from the age of five is obviously gifted in that he can play Bach et al after only a few months lessons and is able to read books and understand concepts that make his stance in a regular kindergarten class untenable. But the film is less about the gifts of a child prodigy than it is a story of how a genius child longs for a normal childhood. It is in the telling of the story that the audience is privileged to discover the joys and trials in a child's view of being extraordinary.

Vitus - played at age 6 by Fabrizio Borsani and at age 12 by Teo Gheorghiu - is referred to as a little Mozart by his parents Helen (Julika Jenkins) and Leo (Urs Jucker), and by the family friends who are amazed at Vitus' gift as a pianist. But as is often the case with gifted children, they are overprotected, not allowed to engage in the normal activities of being a kid. Vitus finds consolation in his grandfather (a brilliant Bruno Ganz) whose creative energy includes Vitus in his longing to fly and to build complex machines. While Vitus continues his love for the piano he also takes risks with his beloved grandfather. Vitus' intelligence serves him well in analyzing the complexities of his father's job and his grandfather's role in that position, and it is his genius that leads the family in a direction no one thought possible. And of course with every story of an extraordinary young lad adapting to a puzzling world, there is also a love interest: Isabel at age 12 (Kristina Lykowa) is his fun-loving babysitter and at age 19 (Tamara Scarpellini) is the queen of his inexperienced heart and fill a void in Vitus' life that otherwise would be empty. Fitting all of these subplots together is made magical by Vitus' constant playing of classical music - a feat the young actor is capable of performing on his own! The cast of this film is not only gifted but is also endearing. Bruno Ganz is a brilliant actor and he is matched by both of the young actors who play Vitus. The story is tender but avoids bathos. It simply is an uplifting, inspiring, entertaining film. A Must See! Grady Harp

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