Often told with whimsy and a light touch, cinematic coming-of-age tales have long been a staple of Hollywood. And while filmmaker Andrew Cividino steps into the genre for his feature debut, he takes an entirely different route with “Sleeping Giant.” And today, we have the exclusive trailer for the movie as its heads to the Toronto International Film Festival for its North American premiering after screening this spring at Cannes Critics’ Week.
Starring Jackson Martin, Nick Serino, and Reece Moffett, the dark, edgy film follows three teenage friends wasting away an idle summer, and the friction that occurs what a girl comes between them. Here’s the official synopsis:
Teenager Adam is spending his summer vacation with his parents on rugged Lake Superior. His dull routine shatters when he befriends Riley and Nate, smart aleck cousins who pass their ample free time with debauchery and reckless cliff jumping. The revelation of a hurtful secret triggers Adam to set in motion irreversible events that test the bonds of friendship and change the boys forever.
Winner of Best Film By An Emerging Director at the Munich Film Festival, we called this one the “anti-‘Stand By Me‘” and an ” immaculately observed, deeply felt” film in our review. Watch below.