Alliance Vivafilm, a film distributor, announced ( and ) that L'enfant prodige (aka André Mathieu - Le dernier des romantiques) will have a world premiere on May 9 in Shanghai during the Expo 2010 Shanghai. Afterwards, L'enfant prodige will hit theatres in Quebec on May 28, 2010.
The biopic about Canadian pianist André Mathieu (1929-1968) was produced with a budget of $6 million by Daniel Louis (Les invasions barbares) and Denise Robert (Maurice Richard). It was directed and written by Luc Dionne.
The story follows André Mathieu (Guillaume Lebon plays the child and Patrick Drolet, the adult), a Montreal-born pianist who was described as the "Canadian Mozart" during his childhood. Because of his talent, he will travel in Europe in order to study piano with different great teachers like Arthur Honneger (Marc Béland) and Jacques de la Presle (Patrice Coquereau) just to name a few. Moreover, André Mathieu will also come across Russian pianist Sergei Rachmaninov (Itzhak Finzi) who described him as his worthy successor. However, André Mathieu died at the age of 39 and finished his life in solitude and alcohol.
Besides, the cast also includes Benoît Brière, Lothaire Bluteau, Marc Labrèche, Mitsou Gélinas, Macha Grenon, Karine Vanasse, François Papineau, Isabel Richer, Catherine Trudeau, André Robitaille and Marie-Félixe Allard.
Finally, before its official Canadian premiere, the stars of the film will tour Quebec in order to present the film in advanced screenings. Here are the dates of these advanced screenings: