Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Beast Beast

Year: 2020
Country: United States
Run Time: 85 minutes

Beast Beast
Beast Beast
Beast Beast
Beast Beast
Beast Beast

In a small southern town, the lives of three young people intertwine as they come to terms with their developing identities. Krista is a theater kid with an infectious grin, eager to pour her heart out on stage. When she meets new kid, Nito—skateboarding extraordinaire with a penchant for petty theft—the two hit it off right away, growing increasingly close as they goof off and collaborate on creative projects. Meanwhile, Krista’s gun-obsessed neighbor, Adam, dives deeper into his Prime Shooter video blog, shutting himself off from the outside world. As the three teens search for themselves (sometimes in all the wrong places), they cross paths—ultimately colliding in a way none of them could predict. Building on his award-winning short, “Krista,” Danny Madden catches lightning in a bottle, filling this dark coming-of-age drama to the brim with fresh, frenetic energy. BEAST BEAST captures what it’s like to grow up in the present moment of social media and public unrest, tainted with violence and confusion alike, while its vivacious performances and camera-work are steeped in the excitement, anxiety, passion, and rage of a new generation. — D.O.

CIFF44 Screenings

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 7:20 PM

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 2:20 PM

Cedar Lee Theatre 2

Friday, April 03, 2020 at 9:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

New Direction Competition


Danny Madden

Benjamin Wiessner, Matt Miller, Tara Ansley

Danny Madden

Kristian Zuniga

Principal Cast
Shirley Chen, Will Madden, Jose Angeles, Courtney Dietz, Daniel Rashid

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