Film based on Justin Torres novel premieres at Sundance on Jan. 20
In 2016, Moonlight captured hearts (and plenty of awards) with its story of a young gay black man at different formative points in his life. Two years before that, Boyhood’s chronicle of a young boy from his youth to teenage years earned acclaim after debuting at the Sundance Film Festival.
Now, a similar story is about to enter the snowy realms of Park City, Utah — We the Animals, based on the novel of the same name by Justin Torres. The coming-of-age tale is seen through the eyes of a young boy named Jonah (Evan Rosado), living in rural New York. As his older brothers grow into versions of their young, volatile parents, the more sensitive and conscious Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.
“It’s been an honor to adapt this unbelievable novel by Justin Torres, and create this cinematic world with Raul Castillo, Sheila Vand, and our stunning three young-adult leads Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, and Josiah Gabriel,” director Jeremiah Zagar said in a statement.
We the Animals, from a script by Zagar and Dan Kitrosser based on Torres’ novel, makes its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday. See a first-look photo from the film above, and more below.
The 2018 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 18-28.