The Great Canadian North is the majestic yet haunting backdrop for director Andrew Cividino’s debut feature Sleeping Giant. A character unto itself, the northern shore of Lake Superior exempliﬁes a palpable sense of liberation, freedom and youthful recklessness propelled inevitably into danger and self-destruction in a larger-than-life embodiment of the complexities of adolescence being navigated by its young stars.
Teenager Adam is spending his summer vacation with his parents on rugged Lake Superior. His dull routine is shattered 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 a series of irreversible events that test the bonds of friendship and change the boys forever.