We the Animals (2019)
Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable.
Winner of the NEXT Innovator Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival We The Animals is visceral coming-of-age story.
Three brothers run ‘wild’, tearing through their rural New York hometown, 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 keep her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah grapples with his sexuality as his family struggle to stay financially afloat.
With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar based on the celebrated Justin Torres novel, We the Animals is 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.
“One of the discoveries of the year” – The Guardian ★★★★
“Jeremiah Zagar’s sensitive and richly evocative cinematic reimagining of Justin Torres’ poetic novel plays like a puertorriqueño ‘Moonlight” – Variety