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In a quiet southern town, popular and charismatic theatre kid Krista (Shirley Chen) finds herself increasingly drawn to Nito (Jose Angeles), the new student in her high school who catches her attention with his impressive skating videos. The two share an easy rapport and quickly grow close. Unbeknownst to her, their lives and that of her gun-loving neighbor, Adam (Will Madden), will soon become intertwined — until they reach a breaking point. Director Danny Madden takes his award-winning short film KRISTA and transforms it into an unsettling feature exploration of adolescence, performance and identity. Newcomer Shirley Chen gives a remarkable breakout performance, crackling with the vulnerability and joy of first love, while Will Madden and Jose Angeles deliver disquieting turns as young men grasping for individuality in an uncertain time. Brimming with energy and style, BEAST BEAST captures what it means to come of age in an era marked by technology and social media, where violent clashes awaken dormant passions and teenagers are faced with growing up all too quickly. Winner, Best Narrative Feature, 2020 Atlanta Film Festival. Official Selection, 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

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  • Runtime
    85 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
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  • Director
    Danny Madden
  • Screenwriter
    Danny Madden
  • Producer
    Tara Ansley, Jim Cummings, Matt Miller, Benjamin Wiessner
  • Cast
    Shirley Chen, Jose Angeles, Will Madden, Courtney Dietz, Daniel Rashid, Anissa Matlock, Stephen Ruffin