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Stanley Yelnats is a young man dogged by bad luck stemming from an ancient family curse. Unjustly condemned for a robbery he didn’t commit, he is sent to Camp Green Lake. Without apparent motive at the camp, together with his campmates – Squid, Armpit, ZigZag, Magnet, X-Ray, and Zero –, he is forced by the camp’s director, known only as “The Warden”, and her right-hand men Mr. Sir and Dr. Pendanski, to dig holes in order “to build character.” Nobody knows the real reason they’re digging all these holes, but Stanley soon begins to question why the head of the camp is so interested in anything “special” the boys find. With the help of Zero, the youngest member of the group, who is now a firm friend, he attempts to discover what’s really hidden, solve the mystery, and break the Yelnats family curse forever.

Original Title HOLES
Category Official Competition
Section Y Gen
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 119'
Production Year 2002
Nationality USA
Directed by Andrew Davis
Screenplay Louis Sachar
Based on the book "Holes"
by Louis Sachar
Director of photography Stephen St. John
Editor Thomas J. Nordberg, Jeffrey Wolf
Production Design Maher Ahmad
Costume Design Aggie Rodgers
Sound Tim Walston
Music Joel McNeely
Main cast Shia LaBeouf (Stanley)
Sigourney Weaver (Warden Louise Walker)
Jon Voight (Mr. Sir)
Tim Blake Nelson (Dr. Pendanski)
Khleo Thomas (Zero)
Jake M. Smith (Alan ‘Squid’)
Produced by Lowell D. Blank, Teresa Tucker-Davies, Mike Medavoy

holes regAndrew Davis

Born 1946, Chicago (USA). He is the son of parents who met in a repertory theater company in Chicago, where he was raised. He received his degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and began his work in motion pictures as an assistant cameraman. He then became a director of photography on numerous commercials and documentaries. Davis made his directorial debut in 1978 with the independent musical, STONY ISLAND. In the following years he became a filmmaker with a reputation for directing intelligent action thrillers. His directorial credits include: THE FINAL TERROR (1983), CODE OF SILENCE (1985), ABOVE THE LAW (1988), THE PACKAGE (1989), UNDER SIEGE (1992), THE FUGITIVE (1993), STEAL BIG, STEAL LITTLE (1995), CHAIN REACTION (1996), A PERFECT MURDER (1998), COLLATERAL DAMAGE (2002). Now he has his own production company, the Chicago Pacific Entertainment, based in Santa Barbara.


Director’s statement

“My first film, STONY ISLAND, was a story of friendship between a group of interracial kids. HOLES is an extension of that work. I had been looking for something to direct that was different from the traditional political-action thrillers that I’ve made over the past few years. But maybe HOLES isn’t that different for me. As in THE FUGITIVE, it’s about an unjustly accused man who proves his innocence”.

Chicago Pacific Entertainment

Phoenix Pictures


World sales
Walt Disney Pictures


Italian distribution
Festival contact
Buena Vista International Italia S.r.l.
Via Cantalupo in Sabina, 29
00191 – Roma, Italy
phone +39 06/330831
fax +39 06/33083270