WE THE ANIMALS
Director: Jeremiah Zagar
USA (2018 )
Narrated by the youngest of three brothers, We The Animals tells the story of Manny, Joel and Jonah as they grow up observing the volatile, unstable relationship between their parents and how it shapes their development. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father, Jonah uses creativity to escape his reality and come to terms with his burgeoning sexuality. This dreamlike and poetic coming-of-age drama boasts impressive performances throughout, especially by the three young boys.
ALICE T. London premiere
Director: Radu Muntean
Alice, a buoyant and impertinent teenager, is far from the charming little girl her mother adopted. Affected by the specter of her mother’s disappointments, Alice acts with her back against the wall, forging lies and blurring lines between the fiction she designs for herself and the reality of her existence. Until her mother discovers she is pregnant. A rite of passage story that tackles raw topics like abortion and adoption head-on, a remarkable gut-punch of a film.
Director: Denis Parrot
An uplifting and heartbreaking look into the experiences of young queer individuals as they come out to the people who matter most to them. Through a compilation of videos posted online by the individuals themselves, filmmaker Denis Parrot stitches together a tapestry of unbridled authenticity which is both life-affirming and disturbing.
On one level these snapshots serve as a comforting reminder of the collective experience we all share as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Perhaps more importantly, however, this film sheds vital light on the reality of the coming out process to those who will never have to.