WINNER – 2011 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - Best Film (Directors' Fortnight)
WINNER (x5) - 2012 BELGIAN ACADEMY AWARDS (MAGRITTES) - Best Film, Director, Supporting Actress, Cinematography & Original Score
The irrepressible Bouli Lanners’ hilarious, multi award-winning film takes its cues from Mark Twain in exploring the uncharted and misunderstood world of adolescence.
It’s summertime. Brothers Seth (16) and Zac (“13 and three quarters”) have again been left to fend for themselves by their neglectful single mother at the family’s cottage in the verdant and isolated Luxembourg countryside. Just like every holiday before, they’ve resigned themselves to another mundane summer, but things shift dramatically after they strike up a friendship with local kid Danny, and the most perilous – and greatest – journey of their lives begins. Together, as the boys scavenge for food, steal their grandfather’s car and pursue harebrained schemes to make money, they find their bravado repeatedly punctured by the rigours of an adult world they cannot comprehend.
Lushly shot with an almost Malick-esque appreciation for the magic of nature, and filled with bittersweet humour and a feel for the rhythms of working class life, THE GIANTS is an extraordinary ode to the idleness, adventures and fears of youth.