We the Animals is a touching, lyrical and intimate portrait of blue-collar family life, and of three boys who tear through their childhood in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable Paps (Raúl Castillo, “Looking”), young Jonah is sheltered by Ma (Shiela Vand, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) in the cocoon of their home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, trying to navigate his way around his macho father and brothers while discovering his artistic and sexual leanings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own. With poetic realism, We the Animals tells 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 conflicted inner world to life. Written by Dan Kitrosser and director Jeremiah Zagar, based on the celebrated novel by Justin Torres. Winner of the NEXT Innovator Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Landmark Presents an Exclusive Filmmaker Letter from director/co-writer Jeremiah Zagar