Opens December 20!
The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about 13 year old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighborhood, the two boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), a local scrapdealer—the Selfish Giant. They begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. Swifty has a natural gift with horses while Arbor emulates Kitten—keen to impress him and make some money. However, Kitten favors Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt and excluded, driving a wedge between the boys. Arbor becomes increasingly greedy and exploitative, becoming more like Kitten. Tensions build, leading to a tragic event, which transforms them all.
Cannes Film Festival, 2013 – Director’s Fortnight
Toronto International Film Festival, 2013
AFI Fest, 2013 – Jury Prize, Best Director (New Auteurs)
“Deeply tender, one of the most touching movies about friendship I’ve ever seen.” —Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
“A powerful and moving contemporary fable…to be compared with the compassionate drama of Ken Loach at his very best.” —Mark Adams, Screen Daily
“Astonishing… boldly, broodingly cinematic.” —Guy Lodge, Variety