USA | 2023 | 87 min. | Vuk Lungulov-Klotz

Feña (Sundance award-winner Lío Mehiel), still early in his transition, must navigate how he’s perceived by people from his past, including his ex-boyfriend, his half-sister, and his out-of-touch father over one long, hectic summer day in New York City.

Winner of the Sundance 2023 Special Jury Award for Acting, Mutt touches down on a mere 24-hour span in the life of one man, Feña (Lío Mehiel), as he course-corrects post-transition through a desultory landscape of misunderstandings, broken hearts, and terse conversation. Realistically touching and as tender and gangly as a newborn calf, it follows Feña as he continues his journey towards fulfillment as a trans man in a relatable and moving way, attempting to mend as best as possible his relationships with family and an ex-lover while also having his very being picked apart by the legal semantics and uncomfortable personal interrogation that arise from it. Occasionally humorous, mostly understated, and perfectly imperfect, Vuk Lungulov-Klotz choosing to use the sweaty abandon of a hot summer's day in New York City adds a welcome texture of grit to his debut feature.

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  • Director: Vuk Lungulov-Klotz
  • Principal Cast: Lío Mehiel, Cole Doman, Mimi Ryder, Alejandro Goic
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2023
  • Running Time: 87 min.
  • Producer: Alexander Stegmaier, Stephen Scott Scarpulla, Vuk Lungulov-Klotz, Jennifer Kuczaj, Joel Michaely
  • Screenplay: Vuk Lungulov-Klotz
  • Cinematographers: Matthew Pothier
  • Editors: Adam Dicterow
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2023 (U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award: Acting)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • US Distributor: Strand Releasing
  • International Sales: Best Friend Forever