The Giants (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Bouli Lanners|
|Produced by||Jacques-Henri Bronckart
|Written by||Bouli Lanners
|Music by||Bram Van Parys|
|Cinematography||Jean-Paul De Zaeytijd|
|Edited by||Ewin Ryckaert|
The Giants (French: Les géants) is a 2011 Belgian drama film directed by Bouli Lanners, written by Lanners and Elise Ancion, starring Zacharie Chasseriaud, Martin Nissen, Paul Bartel, Didier Toupy, Karim Leklou, Marthe Keller and Gwen Berrou. Shot in the Ardennes in Belgium and Luxembourg, produced by Jacques-Henri Bronckart and Jani Thiltges for Versus Production, it was released in Belgium on October 12, 2011.
The Giants had its world premiere in the Directors' Fortnight at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on May 20, where it won the SACD Prize and the Art Cinema Award. It has received high praise from film critics and is considered one of the best Belgian films of that year, winning five Magritte Awards, including Best Film and Best Director.
Abandoned at their late grandfather's house for the summer, teenage brothers Zak and Seth are left to their own devices. With the endless possibilities of summer fun and adventure to be had in the idyllic Belgian countryside, they feel the world is their oyster. But when money runs short and with no help in sight, the boys scheme to support themselves by renting their deceased grandfather's house to a local drug dealer, but things don't go exactly as planned.
- Zacharie Chasseriaud as Zak
- Martin Nissen as Seth
- Paul Bartel as Danny
- Didier Toupy as the dealer
- Karim Leklou as Angel
- Marthe Keller as Rosa
- Gwen Berrou as Marth
The film premiered on 20 May in the Directors' Fortnight at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The film was subsequently screened at various film festivals, including Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur and BFI London Film Festival, and premiered in the United States at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 27, 2011. The Belgian regular release was on 12 October 2011 through O'Brother Distribution. Haut et Court bought the distribution rights for France and Eye Film Instituut bought the Dutch distribution. The film was released in France on 2 November 2011 and in the Netherlands on 26 January 2012. As of November 6, 2011, The Giants has grossed $211,657 in Belgium and $119,816 in France. Following its wins at the 2nd Magritte Awards, it was announced O’Brother Distribution would re-release the film in Belgium on 8 February 2012.
The Giants was released on DVD on March 7, 2012 in France. The home edition contains a making-of and a music video for the theme song "The Bony King of Nowhere" by Bram Van Parys.
|Cannes Film Festival||SACD Prize||Bouli Lanners||Won|
|Label Europa Cinemas Prize||Bouli Lanners||Nominated|
|Art Cinema Award||Bouli Lanners||Won|
|Châtenay-Malabry International Film Festival||Best Film||Bouli Lanners||Nominated|
|Prix du Développement Durable||Bouli Lanners||Nominated|
|Award of the Youth||Bouli Lanners||Won|
|Audience Award||Bouli Lanners||Nominated|
|Chicago International Film Festival||Best Film||Bouli Lanners||Nominated|
|Dieppe International Film Festival||Best Film||Bouli Lanners||Won|
|Festival du Film Francophone d'Angoulême||Best Film||Bouli Lanners||Nominated|
|Valois Magelis||Bouli Lanners||Nominated|
|Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur||Best Film||Bouli Lanners||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Jean-Paul De Zaeytijd||Won|
|Best Actor||Zacharie Chasseriaud, Martin Nissen, Paul Bartel||Won|
|Best Actress||Marthe Keller||Nominated|
|Lumières Award||Best Foreign Film in French||Bouli Lanners||Nominated|
|Magritte Award||Best Film||Bouli Lanners||Won|
|Best Director||Bouli Lanners||Won|
|Best Screenplay||Bouli Lanners, Elise Ancion||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Didier Toupy||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Gwen Berrou||Won|
|Most Promising Actor||Martin Nissen||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Jean-Paul De Zaeytijd||Won|
|Best Sound||Marc Bastien, Thomas Gauder||Nominated|
|Best Production Design||Paul Rouschop||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Elise Ancion||Nominated|
|Best Original Score||Bram Van Parys||Won|
|Best Editing||Ewin Ryckaert||Nominated|
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