We the Animals

Times:

  • 7:00 pm
  • Friday, November 2, 2018

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Winner of the NEXT Innovator Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, this visceral coming-of-age drama is based on the celebrated debut novel by Justin Torres. The film illustrates the experience of constructing one’s own identity from the fragments of a shattered home life. Three brothers tear through childhood, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love, which 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 than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own. Propelled by complex performances from an astounding cast – including three talented, young first-time actors – We the Animals is made in a documentary style that creates an immersive portrait of a working-class family, including animated sequences that bring Jonah’s inner world to life.
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Director: Jeremiah Zagar
USA (2018) • 94 minutes • Rated R
Distributor: The Orchard

Filmmaker Q&A
After the film, join filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar to talk about the movie live via Skype. Zagar directed the HBO documentaries “In a Dream,” which was shortlisted for an Oscar and nominated for two Emmys, and “Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart,” which premiered at Sundance. He lives in New York City. Moderated by Filmworks board member Jefferson Beavers.

Opening Night Reception
Admission to the reception, featuring hors d’oeuvres from Casa de Tamales and champagne, is included with a festival pass or with opening night admission.

Screening sponsor: Fresno Arts Council

Reviews

"‘We the Animals’ is a spirited, sobering portrait of the artist as a young man using any means at his disposal — words, images, sensations — to process a confusing and contradictory world. As that world begins to open up, we see the miracle of nascent selfhood as it grows and expands, instinctively reaching to inhabit it." — Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
"While all of these deeply naturalistic performances are great, it is newcomer Evan Rosado who is the real standout. He is tasked with balancing an incredibly intense cocktail of emotions, as well as a blossoming queer identity, and he does so with the grace and precision of a seasoned veteran. Jonah is the audience’s spiritual guide, even when he himself is overcome by the staggering wave of divergence and is forced to use sketching his desires as his sole emotional release." — Brian Thompson, Film Threat
"‘We the Animals’ is a spirited, sobering portrait of the artist as a young man using any means at his disposal — words, images, sensations — to process a confusing and contradictory world. As that world begins to open up, we see the miracle of nascent selfhood as it grows and expands, instinctively reaching to inhabit it." — Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
"While all of these deeply naturalistic performances are great, it is newcomer Evan Rosado who is the real standout. He is tasked with balancing an incredibly intense cocktail of emotions, as well as a blossoming queer identity, and he does so with the grace and precision of a seasoned veteran. Jonah is the audience’s spiritual guide, even when he himself is overcome by the staggering wave of divergence and is forced to use sketching his desires as his sole emotional release." — Brian Thompson, Film Threat

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.