Jake (Theo Taplitz) is a quiet, sensitive middle schooler with dreams of being an artist. He meets the affably brash Tony (Michael Barbieri) at his grandfather's funeral, and the unlikely pair soon hit it off. The budding friendship is put at risk, however, when a rent dispute between Jake's father, Brian (Greg Kinnear), and Tony's mother, Leonor (Paulina Garcia), threatens to become contentious.

Little Men is a critical yet empathetic look at the dangers of gentrification. Ira Sachs, director of Love Is Strange and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Forty Shades of Blue, accentuates the natural vibrancy of Brooklyn and brings out the best in his actors. Taplitz and Barbieri have a natural rapport and earnestness that belies their young age. Kinnear and Garcia bring weight to their roles as the feuding parents, and Jennifer Ehle, Talia Balsam, and Alfred Molina round out the cast with wonderful supporting turns. It's a triumphant return to the Festival for Sachs, who has made a film that never lets its abundant kindness interfere with its honest portrayal of a rapidly changing neighborhood.

YEAR 2016

SECTION Premieres


RUN TIME 85 min

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Artist Bio

Ira Sachs

Filmmaker Ira Sachs is based in New York City. His films include Love Is Strange, Keep the Lights On, The Delta, and the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Forty Shades of Blue. A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, his work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA. Sachs is the founder of Queer/Art, a nonprofit organization that provides support for LGBTQ artists across disciplines and generations.