Recognized by American critics as a revelation on the level of the Oscar-winning Moonlight, Jeremiah Zagar's visually refined and moving feature debut tells the story of a shattered childhood in a poor part of America. The parents of three adolescent boys are too busy with their own problems to pay much attention to their children. The unexpected freedom, symbiotic closeness that replaces parental love and bursts of happy days that interrupt the ever-longer periods of sadness and fear that come with the lack of care-Zagar shows family relations as a tightly bound knot of ambivalent feelings. In this wild-much like its protagonists-film, the camera rushes through rooms, peeks in neighbors' windows and wanders around the neighborhood, focusing on Jonah, a boy who puts his emotions on the page through expressive drawings. Eventually, he gives up on his family and tries to break free from its toxic cocoon. An award winner at the last Sundance Festival, the film is based on a novel by Justin Torres.
A director and screenwriter from Philadelphia, Jeremiah Zagar has made several acclaimed documentaries. His In a Dream (about relationships in his own family) found itself on the Oscar shortlist and was nominated for two Emmy Awards. Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smartqualified for the competition at Sundance. We the Animals is his feature debut. Zagar is also one of the co-founders of the Public Record production company.
2008 In a Dream (doc.)
2015 Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart
2018 My, zwierzęta / We the Animals