Kim TODD (Original Pictures Inc.), Nicholas HIRST (Original Pictures Inc.), Pauline KUPIAK (Neko Films), Jason LAPEYRE (Hanzai Films)
A dozen 12-year-olds play war. It looks like our reality, but it sounds like theirs. We hear artillery, machine guns, explosions; it’s like Saving Private Ryan with kids. They lob water balloons filled with red paint at each other which explode and cover them in “blood”. Once you’re dead, you’re gone. PK Sullivan, the undefeatable General, has his new best friend, Paul Bannerjee, kidnapped by the jealous and unstable Skinner, his old best friend. Skinner wants revenge. He starts to torture Bannerjee. He submits Bannerjee to “pressing”, lowering more and more weight onto his victim. PK mounts rescue attempt after rescue attempt, using decoys, encirclement, ambushes. Nothing works. Meanwhile, the other soldiers fight on. Altar Boy, the wimp, gets his revenge on Joker, the smart-ass. Sikorski, the big dog, and Frost, the little dog, trade places over a girl. Idris, the silent assassin, strikes out of the shadows. And Jess Munny, the romantic, chess-playing girl with the crossbow, outsmarts them all. Finally, the unthinkable happens: PK is defeated. But Skinner has an offer for him. PK can claim the victory - all he has to do is cut Bannerjee. On the face. Skinner wants to show Bannerjee how fair-weather his “friend” PK is. And PK does it, just as Idris pilots a remote-control airplane into Skinner’s face to rescue them. PK tells Bannerjee it was an accident. Bannerjee’s not buying it. But they stay friends - because when you’re 12, even a compromised friendship is better than being alone. And this isn’t an after-school special.
Partners & financing
Original Pictures Inc., Neko Films and Hanzai Films attached. Pre-sales required.