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Teo Gheorghiu and Fredi M. Murer, Vitus

A Tribeca Film Festival Special. For 66-year-old Swiss filmmaking auteur Fredi M. Murer, Vitus, his charming fable-like tale of the complications that arise when raising a child genius and piano prodigy, is the biggest hit of a career that began in the 60s. Murer had written his German language, Zurich-set story years ago but it wasn't until he could find a 12-year-old piano prodigy could he make his movie. Teo Gheorghiu, now 14, was discovered at a London international musical school for gifted students. Born in Switzerland to Romanian émigrés who had arrived from Canada, Gheorghiu sounds British and seems totally the typical teenager, except for his amazing ability.


Beyond the Subtitles


Stephen Schaefer hosts candid conversations with actors, filmmakers, producers and movie people near and far. Schaefer has over three decades of writing and talking about movies behind him. He is the author of the Hollywood spoof The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer  and is currently a film critic and entertainment writer for The Boston Herald; and a contributor to USA Today and Entertainment Weekly.