“Anchored by an exceptional performance from young actor Mckenna Grace, Gifted explores thoughtful themes of childhood, friendship and family,” said Heartland Film’s Director of Film Programming & Marketing Greg Sorvig. “The Truly Moving Picture Award jury was impressed by the chemistry between Grace and Chris Evans, the script’s honest dialogue and visually powerful scenes.”
Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.