Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, The Kings of Summer is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends – Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) – who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family – whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create – is something you can’t run away from.
“The Kings of Summer is a quirky film with a great message,” explained Heartland’s Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “The themes of courage, friendship, family, parenting, and growing up were very well received by our jury. Jurors were also struck by the film’s rich photography and acting ensemble.
“A perfect balance of comedy and drama, The Kings of Summer is a solid reflection of adolescent angst and the struggle, bravery and independence necessary to respond to life’s hard circumstances. We are proud to honor The Kings of Summer with the Truly Moving Picture Award.”