Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

We the Animals


Year: 2018
Country: USA
Run Time: 90 minutes

We the Animals

Us three, brothers, kings inseparable. Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood. Their Ma and Paps have a volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over, leaving the boys fending for themselves. As their parents rip at one another, Manny and Joel ultimately harden and grow into versions of their father. With the triumvirate fractured, Jonah – the youngest, the dreamer – becomes increasingly aware of his desperate need to escape. Driven to the edge, Jonah 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 strikingly layered performances from its astounding cast, elements of magical realism, and unbelievable animated sequences. Though known for documentaries, director Jeremiah Zagar reinvents his career by transforming a landscape of childhood alienation and turning it into a fever dream careening toward the future. – Sundance Film Festival

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 1:35 PM

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:15 PM


Jeremiah Zagar

Jeremiah Zagar was born in 1981 in Philadelphia and studied at Emerson College. His first film, “In a Dream” was broadcast on HBO, received two Emmy nominations, and was shortlisted for an Academy Award®. WE THE ANIMALS won the NEXT Innovator Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

In a Dream (2008)—CIFF33, Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (2014), WE THE ANIMALS (2018)

Jeremy Yaches, Christina D. King, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey

Dan Kitrosser, Jeremiah Zagar

Zak Mulligan

Keiko Deguchi, Brian A. Kates

Principal Cast
Raul Castillo, Sheila Vand, Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, Josiah Gabriel

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