Bouli Lanners • Belgium • 2011 • A coming-of-age film about small kids with enormous hearts.
Teenage brothers Seth and Zak are in for a long summer. With their mother working abroad, they’ve been left to their own devices at their deceased grandfather’s cottage in rural Belgium. They befriend another teenage boy, Dany, who is also largely unsupervised, passing their days with misadventure. With their limited cash dwindling, Seth and Zak decide to rent their home, breaking out into the untamed wilderness.
Set against an enchanting natural landscape, The Giants is a light and luminous portrait of two brothers experiencing the highs and lows of youth over the course of one long summer. Bouli Lanners’s third film premiered at Göteborg, Mar del Plata, Rotterdam and Cannes’s Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, where it won the C.I.C.A.E. Award and the SACD Prize..