The challenge of genius explored

May 03, 2014
There are high hopes for young Vitus as a musical prodigy, but he has other ideas.

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. May movies celebrate Musical Lives.

On May 9, the series will screen “Vitus,” a PG-rated film from 2007 that runs 123 minutes. At age 6, the title character is both incredibly talented and precocious. When it becomes evident that he has a high IQ and can play the piano like a young Mozart, expectations run high. His parents love him, his grandfather understands him, but no one knows the truth — his real genius is his heart. “Vitus” won the Swiss Film Prize for 2007 and was the winner of the AFI film festival audience award.

Upcoming in this month’s series are: May 16, “Quartet” (2012, UK); “The Great Caruso” (1951, USA); and “Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey” (1994, USA/UK). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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