Archive of films Sleeping Giant / Sleeping Giant

2015, 89 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2015

Teenage Adam is vacationing with his parents at Lake Superior. There he meets cousins Riley and Nate, roughly his age, and they spend the endlessly dragging summer days together until boyhood rivalry changes the course of events. A powerful and engaging drama about a sensitive period of life, built upon authentic performances and a wonderfully shifting atmosphere.


Teenage Adam spends summer vacation with his family at Lake Superior, and given that the days drag on endlessly he is happy to befriend Riley and Nate, cousins who are roughly his peers. The three boys hang out trying to drive away the boredom, but soon enough a rivalry erupts, causing tense but hidden emotions to bubble to the surface. What were at first innocent squabbles and games gradually intensify towards an irreversible outcome. The director succeeds admirably in characterizing not only the fragility and uncertainty of the protagonists’ age group but also the ever-more stifling atmosphere of their conflict. In his impressive debut, the talented director sensitively coaches a trio of young actors whose authentic and convincing performances contribute to the movie’s overall impact. This absorbing yet disturbing drama was screened in the Critics’ Week at this year’s Cannes IFF.

Ivana Novotná

About the director

Andrew Cividino

Andrew Cividino (b. 1983, Dundas, Canada) grew up in his Ontario hometown and spent vacations in the same locations where his feature debut unfolds. He graduated in film production from Ryerson University (2006). His first short film We Ate the Children Last (2011), based on a story by Yann Martel, was presented at numerous fests (including the Prague Short Film Festival); it also gained French theater distribution, and was shown on French and Spanish television. Two shorts followed: Yellow Fish (2013) and Sleeping Giant, the latter of which premiered in 2014 at the Locarno IFF (Junior Jury Award), with screenings at Toronto and AFI. His feature debut Sleeping Giant expands on his short film of the same name.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Andrew Cividino
Screenplay: Andrew Cividino, Aaron Yeger, Blain Watters
Dir. of Photography: James Klopko
Music: Chris Thornborrow, Bruce Peninsula
Editor: James Vandewater
Art Director: Erika Lobko
Producer: Karen Harnisch
Production: Film Forge Productions
Coproduction: Hawkeye Pictures
Cast: Jackson Martin, Reece Moffett, Nick Serino
Sales: Sphere Films


Andrew Cividino


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