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Sleeping Giant

Winner of Best Canadian Feature at TIFF. "Not just the best Canadian movie of 2015, but one of the year’s best films, period." - Toronto Star

“Set in a momentous summer around the shores of Lake Superior, Sleeping Giant is a coming-of-age marvel. This resounding feature debut by Toronto director Andrew Cividino updates and expands upon his 2014 short film by the same name, but it’s not just a longer version of the original. It goes much deeper, with rich character shadings.

“The imposing cliffs of its wild northern setting demand a grand leap for all, physically as well as metaphorically, especially for the film’s three teen protagonists: shy Adam, brash Nate and even-keeled Riley, played by arresting newcomers. They’re on the cusp of adulthood, a time when jealousies and sexual anxieties loom as large as a dangerous local cliff that challenges the brave and crazy to jump. Girls are a particular distraction, especially a friend named Taylor, who may end up dividing loyalties despite her best intentions. Which is scarier: the 30-metre cliff jump or talking to a girl?

“James Klopko’s cinematography and the score by Chris Thornborrow and Bruce Peninsula combine masterfully to capture the moment, both the big outdoors and the even greater youthful awakening.

“All involved with Sleeping Giant have crafted not just the best Canadian movie of 2015, but one of the year’s best films, period. - Toronto Star

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