FILM: We The Animals
Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable.
Three boys tear through their childhood, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving but 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.
With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar based on the celebrated Justin Torres novel, We the Animals 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 on themes on toxic masculinity, sexual awakening and a unique childlike POV of being an outsider We The Animals creates an immersive portrait of working-class family life and brotherhood.
Multiple nominations for 2019 Independent Spirit Awards (Best First Feature, Best Supporting Male, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Someone To Watch Award).