凱斯・貝爾曼 Keith BEHRMAN
加拿大 Canada | 2018 | DCP | Colour | 93min
Franky and Ballas have been best friends since childhood. They are high school royalty: handsome, stars of the swim team and popular with girls. They live a perfect teenage life — until the night of Franky's epic 17th birthday party, when they are involved in an unexpected incident that changes their lives forever. This is a heartfelt and intimate coming-of-age story about friendship, self-discovery and the power of love without labels.
凱斯・貝爾曼，1963 年生，加拿大電視、電影編導。2002 年首部劇情長片《Flower & Garnet》受邀各大影展，廣獲好評，亦獲獎項肯定。任電視劇集導演多年後推出本片，為其第二部劇情片，名列加拿大年度十大電影。
Keith BEHRMAN is a film and television director and writer, winning the Claude Jutra Award for his debut film Flower & Garnet (2002). Behrman also wrote and directed several notable shorts, including his award-winning Ernest (2000). Giant Little Ones (2018) is his acclaimed sophomore feature.
2018 塔林黑夜影展最佳青年影片 Best Youth Film, Tallinn Black Nights FF
2018 茲林兒少影展最佳青年電影金拖鞋獎 Golden Slipper for Best Feature Film for Youth, Zlin FF
2019 哥特堡影展最佳國際影片龍獎 Dragon Award Best International Film, Göteborg FF
在我的電影與私人生活中，我一直都很著迷於探究「自我」的體驗以及我們與他人的相互關係，尤其是最親密的關係。製作第一部電影《Flower & Garnet》與幾年的電視導演經歷下來，我逐漸開始沉溺於研究「自己」。我曾離開電影圈一段時間，前往印度、緬甸、美國、加拿大的靜修處與修道院研習冥想。當人生的這段章節接近尾聲時，《直直青春會轉彎》的故事與聲音開始出現在我腦海。我重新開始撰寫劇本，因為我曉得有某個美麗而重要的事物需要我去訴說。
Giant Little Ones is about many things: sexual fluidity, love, identity, friendship, family. While it has a strong LGBTQ aspect to it, it is not a "coming out" film. Rather, it is about being true to oneself and remaining open to the possibilities of love and desire. Ultimately, it is a testament to personal freedom. One of the things I am most proud of with this film is that it brings a sense of relief, optimism and hope to so many who watch it. I've had teenage viewers tell me it changed their lives — one said it saved his life. I've had adults tell me through tears that the film said the things they've longed to hear their entire lives. And, because I know that this film is healing, it means everything to me to have it seen by as many people as possible. I envisioned Giant Little Ones like the best of pop songs, instantly appealing with its energy and flow, drawing the audience along with ease - yet, by the end we have experienced something distinct and meaningful and are left with insights and feelings we didn’t see coming. Giant Little Ones leaps into the dramatic world of 17-year-old Franky Winter and his lifelong best friend, Ballas Kohl. Things have never been better for these guys: they’re popular among their peers, stars of their swim team and are entering exciting new terrain with their girlfriends. It is a time when erupting hormones and flourishing sexuality are coupled with a naivete still lingering from childhood, when relationships and loyalties are changing along with a shifting sense of self. Giant Little Ones dramatizes something unique to today’s teens. They are acting on the new levels of cultural acceptance for alternate sexual expression, yet still face old stereotypes and prejudices.
The experience of “self” and our inter-relatedness with others, especially in our closest relationships, has been a fascination of mine in both my films and private life. After making my first feature film, Flower & Garnet, and a few years of television directing, I gradually became more and more immersed in the study of…well...me. I stepped away from filmmaking and set off to study meditation in ashrams and monasteries in India, Burma, USA and Canada over a period of several years. It was as this chapter in my life was drawing to a close that the voices and story of Giant Little Ones began to emerge. I resumed writing because I knew there was something beautiful and important that needed to be told.
I wrote Giant Little Ones to explore modern teen life and family life in this unique cultural moment - to make a film that gives voice to the strength of self and love. And similar to that special pop song that people keep humming, a film has the ability to impact and deeply resonate with people. My wish is for Giant Little Ones to touch many people’s hearts and be a source of hope and inspiration at this pivotal time.