This week’s Staff Pick Premiere, “The Orphan” from writer and director Carolina Markowicz, explores the darker side of adoption, identity, and belonging. In the film, the titular orphan Jonathas is a young Brazilian boy who’s been adopted and returned multiple times. Now one of the older kids in the orphanage, Jonathas struggles with how he should act in order to be adopted — and accepted.

Inspired by true events, Markowicz creates a vivid portrait of how one’s burgeoning sexuality can threaten the construction of a cis-family unit. With “The Orphan,” she crafts a fascinating expression of gender fluidity through stunning cinematography and natural performances. In the end, she also shows that it’s what’s in someone’s heart that’s most important.

After a remarkable festival run, including a debut and Queer Palm win at Cannes Film Festival, “The Orphan” is now available online exclusively on Vimeo.

Carolina gave an interview to VIMEO to celebrate its online release.