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The Big Boys' Playground

Stéphane, a rock-climber, wants to become someone in the rock-climbing world. With his girlfriend Alizée, a renowned climber, he spends winter in Siurana, Catalonia—the perfect place for climbing hard. Their projects lie in the sector called “El Pati” (the playground). ‘The Big Boys’ Playground’ is about the mindset of climbers. Sometimes the hardest part is simply accepting that one is able to succeed. Performance, more than a physical achievement, seems to be a state of mind. Through the sport of climbing the film reflects on universal topics such as the pursuit of excellence, achievement of goals and life as a couple… ‘The Big Boys’ Playground’ has the ambition to reach the general public, but at the same time it takes a critical look at already well-established climbing film industry.

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  • Guillaume Lion
    Director
  • Camille Taver
    Music
    Nathalie f**** you all
  • Marc Alberisio
    Sound post-production
  • Sylvestre Vannoorenberghe
    Color grading
    Nathalie f**** you all
  • WCT ASBL
    Producer
    China Jam, Venezuela Jungle Jam, Asgard Jamming, Vertical Sailing Greenland
  • Guillaume Lion
    Editor
    Nathalie f**** you all
  • Guillaume Lion
    Cinematographer
    Nathalie f**** you all
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La cour des grands
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    47 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 17, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Belgium
  • Country of Filming:
    Spain
  • Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Festival gorniskega filma
    Ljubjlana
    Slovenia
    January 20, 2017
    World Premiere
    Honorable Mention (climbing)
  • Festival les RDV de l'Aventure
    Lons-le-Saunier
    France
    March 18, 2017
    French Premiere
  • Wales International Doumentary Festival
    Blackwood
    United Kingdom
    April 7, 2017
    British Premiere
  • American Psychological Association Film Festival
    Washington DC
    United States
    August 6, 2017
    North American Premiere
  • Explos Film Festival
    Ax-Les-Thermes
    France
    May 25, 2017
  • Festival du film scientifique de La Réunion
    Le Tampon, Ile de La Réunion
    France
    April 18, 2017
    South Hemisphere Premiere
Director Biography - Guillaume Lion

Guillaume Lion is a young director who studied editing in a Belgian film school (IAD). ‘The Big Boys’ Playground’ is his first film as a director.

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Director Statement

Our goal making this film was to make a documentary about sport climbing that would be completely different from what is made by the mountain film industry. A climbing film that would be authentic, intimate, and raw.