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by Clio Barnard


A contemporary fable about 14-year-old Arbor and his best friend Swifty. Excluded from school and outsiders in their own community, the boys meet Kitten, a local scrapman, and begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. Swifty has a natural gift with horses and Arbor has a business brain and a way with words – they make a good team. But when Arbor begins to emulate Kitten by becoming greedy and exploitative, tensions build, leading to a tragic event which transforms them all irrevocably.

international title: The Selfish Giant
original title: The Selfish Giant
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: Protagonist Pictures
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Clio Barnard
film run: 93'
release date: GB 25/10/2013, IE 25/10/2013, FR 18/12/2013, BE 15/01/2014, NL 30/01/2014, SE 14/03/2014, NL 23/01/2014
screenplay: Clio Barnard
cast: Sean Gilder, Siobhan Finneran, Lorraine Ashbourne, Steve Evets, Elliott Tittensor, Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas
cinematography by: Mike Eley
film editing: Nick Fenton
art director: Helen Scott
music: Harry Escott
producer: Tracy O'Riordan
production: Moonspun Films, British Film Institute (BFI), Film4
distributor: Pyramide Distribution, NonStop Entertainment, Cinéart, Cinéart Netherlands B.V., Strada Films, Curzon Artificial Eye
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main awards/selection

Cannes 2013Directors' Fortnight
Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2013
Jerusalem Film Festival 2013
Sarajevo Film Festival 2013
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2013
Warsaw Film Festival 2013
Hamptons International Film Festival 2013
BFI London Film Festival 2013
Stockholm International Film Festival 2013
AFI Fest 2013
Seville European Film Festival 2013

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