Everybody Changes: Montenegro’s Transgender Drama is Panama’s submission for International Oscar (LGBTQ–Transgender)

Panama has announced its entry for the best international feature Oscar category: Arturo Montenegro’s family drama Everybody Changes.

Starring Gaby Gnazzo, Andrea Pérez Meana, Susan Elizabeth Castillo, Mónica Lola Díaz and José Manuel Arispe, and shot in Panama and Thailand,

Everybody Changes tells the story of Federico and Carol, parents of three children who have a perfect home, but everything is challenged when they must deal with Federico’s coming out as a transgender woman.

“The film deals with minorities, particularly one that is very attacked and demands human and civil rights,” said Montenegro. “As a society, we need to be more respectful and inclusive, but also when people go see this film they need to know they are going to see the story of a family’s love for each other,” he added.

Everybody Changes is the sixth Panamanian Oscar contender since the country’s first Oscar bid, Abner Benaim’s Invasión, in 2014.