In 2011, out author Justin Torres earned critical acclaim for his semi-autobiographical debut novella, We the Animals.
In just 149 pages, it traces the lives of three mixed-race brothers leading a wild, independent childhood in 1980s upstate New York. The book is a moving—and at times painful—exploration of gender and masculinity, especially in its focus on the narrator, the youngest brother, as he grows into his queerness.
Seven years later, Torres’ book has been adapted to the big screen by director Jeremiah Zagar (In a Dream) and screenwriter Daniel Kitrosser, with Looking’s Raúl Castillo playing the boys’ father. After the movie made the rounds earlier this year at film festivals like Sundance and Tribeca, it is hitting theaters on August 17, and now there is a gorgeous new trailer for the movie.
Mark August 17 on your summer movie calendar and watch the preview below.