Les géants

  • 84'
  • Belgium
  • 2011
Smoking weed, joyriding, stealing food: the ‘giants’ from the title are full of mischief. It’s a languid summer vacation in the Ardennes mountains of Belgium and the three teenage boys Zak, Seth and Dany have been left to their own devices by their parents. Without a penny in their pocket, they have to fend for themselves. The ideal recipe for an exciting boys book: a series of fairytale adventures in woodlands and over meandering rivers in which not only the local drug dealer and Dany's crazy brother, but also three pigs, angry wolves and a good fairy turn up.
The worlds of the Belgian actor/director Bouli Lanners are always populated by colourful, eccentric characters. Just as in Ultranova (2005) and Eldorado (2008), Lanners creates a universe of his own that is perched between magic realism and wry-comic absurdity. The painter in Lanners betrays himself in the majestic CinemaScope images. The Giants (SACD Prize in Cannes) is a modern, poetic, bittersweet fairytale about fragile family bonds and pure friendships.


Director
Bouli Lanners
Countries of production
Belgium, France, Luxembourg
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
84'
Medium
35mm
International title
The Giants
Language
French
Producers
Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Carole Scotta, Simon Arnal, Jani Thiltges
Production Companies
Versus Production, Haut et Court, Samsa Film
Sales
Memento Films International
Screenplay
Bouli Lanners, Elise Ancion
Cinematography
Jean-Paul De Zaeytijd
Editor
Ewin Ryckaert
Production Design
Paul Rouschop
Sound Design
Marc Bastien
Music
The Bony King of Nowhere
Cast
Paul Bartel, Zacharie Chasseriaud
Local Distributor
EYE Film Institute Netherlands
Website
http://international.memento-films.com/catalogue/the-giants