"I prefer films that put their audience to sleep in the theater. I think those films are kind enough to allow you a nice nap and not leave you disturbed when you leave...Some films have made me doze off in theaters, those are the kind of films I like.”  - Abbas Kiarostami

“Falling asleep in the cinema is not about boredom but a feeling of comfort, as when the sun is shining on you and you feel warm.” - Lucrecia Martel


How are you feeling? Distracted, rushed, stressed? Us too. Life can be chaotic and unrelenting, To counter the noise, Gentle Giants offers eight films that reject frenetic edits and bombastic soundtracks, and instead - through conversations and relationships, musings and observations - take their time to explore the quirks of daily life, meditate on existence, and consider what it means to be alive. These films invite the viewer to pause, sit quietly, and contemplate. Embracing the minimalist styles of “slow cinema” in their own ways, the auteurs of Gentle Giants ask nothing of the viewer but their unhurried time.