“We are what we are” (“Somos lo que hay”) is the wickedly original and poised directorial debut from young Mexican writer-director Jorge Michel Grau. Focusing on a moment of crisis in a family of cannibals “We are what we are” was one of the discoveries of the 2010 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, before playing at the New York Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, where it won the “Next Wave” competition for Best Film and Best Screenplay. The film will receive its U.S. theatrical premiere on Friday, February 18 at IFC Center in New York. It will simultaneously be available nationwide on IFC Midnight’s video on demand platform.
When a middle-aged man drops dead in a Mexico City shopping mall, leaving his widow and three teenage children destitute, the devastated family is confronted not only with his loss but with a terrible challenge—how to survive. The big issue at hand is that they have always existed on a diet of human flesh, consumed in bloody ritual ceremonies, and the victims have always been provided by the father. Now that he is gone, they must determine who will do the hunting. With a superb sense of aesthetics, slow-burning suspense and a dark wit, Grau has created an arthouse horror treat.