Market April 5, 2011
Director Tom Dey
Agent Julian Thuan (UTA)
A struggling single-mom raises a child prodigy who comes to know just about everything there is to know except for the one thing he wants to know most: his father.
An eleven year old genius starts out on a search for his biological father despite his mother's wishes.
University dropout single mother raises young prodigy son who knows just about everything but who his biological father is.
As a mother works through the emotional impediments that keep her in poverty, her precocious son undertakes a search for his unknown father.
Children, Drama, Adaptation, Family, Coming of Age, Film, Martial Arts, Samurai
Little Man Tate, A Beautiful Mind, The Red Violin, August Rush
Present, Five Years, with flashbacks to one night five years ago, 18th century Vienna, 1960s Korea, and Chad desert (present).
London flat, London tube, Royal Festival Hall, interior of concert hall, Whitechapel art gallery in London, Battersea Townhouse, library, elementary school classroom, The Ritz hotel, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Cambodia, 18th century Vienna, village in Sahara desert.
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SYBILLA (30s) narrates the lives of boy geniuses such as Mozart and Bobby Fischer, and laments that for each boy genius there is a failed genius who dies penniless. At Mensa, a gathering of intellectuals, Sybilla drunkenly works a crowd and collapses, helped by RED DEVLIN (?) and GEORGE SORABJI (?). In a dank London flat, LUDO (5) watches Kurosawa's "The Last Samurai" while Sybilla, his mother, translates a book. Ludo doesn't understand the film and Sybilla tries to explain it to him. Ludo asks to learn Japanese. Sybilla says she doesn't have time and lists many books he must read--including Ovid's Metamorphoses and A Thousand and One Nights--before she teaches him Japanese. simple characters, but Ludo writes and understands advanced characters almost immediately. Ludo and Sybilla take the tube, where a passenger is astonished that Ludo reads Greek at age 5. Various passengers upbraid Sybilla, saying Ludo should be playing football or other boyish activities. Sybilla is having trouble paying the rent on her meager wages from translating magazines, and the heating is off. Ludo says his father could help them pay the rent, but Sybilla isn't in touch with his father and won't tell Ludo who his father...