American Animals

American Animals

American Animals is both a heist movie and a misguided existential journey of four young men searching in all the wrong places for identity, adventure and a “special" life.

Spencer wants to become an artist but doesn’t have anything to say. His friend Warren has been raised to believe that his life will be special. As they start university, it dawns on them that their lives may never be unique or extraordinary in any way. On a library tour, Spencer is shown the special collections room - home to the country’s most valuable books. When he shares this with Warren, they begin to wonder: what would their lives look like if they planned to execute the perfect robbery?

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Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.


Bart Layton


Director: Bart Layton
Executive Producer: Daniel Battsek, David Kosse, Sam Lavender, Len Blavatnik, Aviv Giladi, Toby Hill, Piers Vellacott, Tory Metzger, Darren Demetre
Producer: Derrin Schlesinger, Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Mary Jane Skalski
Screenwriter: Bart Layton
Cinematographer: Ole Bratt Birkeland
Editor: Nick Fenton, Chris Gill, Luke Dunkley, Julian Hart
Production Designer: Scott Dougan
Sound Designer: Paul Davies
Music: Anne Nikitin
Principal Cast: Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd, Udo Kier
Additional Credits: Costume Designer: Jenny Eagan


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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Screening Section: Festival Favorites
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United Kingdom, United States
Language: English
Runtime: 116:35 mins