WE THE ANIMALS
Dir. Jeremiah Zagar| DRAMA| U.S.A. | 2018 | 94 min. | rated r
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with actor Raul Castillo
Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through childhood, in the midst of their parents' volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to shelter her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own. Adapted from the acclaimed Justin Torres novel, this film is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by layered performances from its astounding cast—including three talented, young first-time actors—and stunning animated sequences which bring Jonah’s torn inner world to life. Drawing from his documentary background, director Jeremiah Zagar creates an immersive portrait of working-class family life and brotherhood.
Winner of the NEXT Innovator Award at Sundance 2018