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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Original Title: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Director: Benh Zeitlin
USA | English
2011 | 92min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic
Format: DCP
15+
One of the most fiercely original American films in years, Beasts of the Southern Wild is a strange and magical hybrid of indie coming-of-age story, folk mythmaking, fantasy and postmodern environmental cautionary tale. It tells the story of Hushpuppy, a courageous six-year-old girl who lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a bayou community perched seemingly at the edge of the world, where residents are cut off from civilisation by a sprawling levee. When temperatures rise, ice caps melt and a savage storm (a fictional analogue of the tragic Hurricane Katrina) lashes the Bathtub, an army of prehistoric monsters run rampant. Amidst the ensuing calamity and her father’s failing health, Hushpuppy goes in search of her long-lost mother, desperately trying to make sense of the apocalypse that seems to be mushrooming all around her.

Benh Zeitlin (whose award-winning short Glory at Sea screened at ADFF in 2009) has seen his first feature take the film-festival circuit by storm, winning top prizes at Sundance and Cannes, and rapidly become a smash hit in theaters around the United States with early Oscar buzz. The brilliant cast is comprised of non-actors; the performance by six-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy will be long remembered as one of the most astonishing performances by a child ever put on screen. Her fierce determination and indomitable spirit become an impassioned rallying cry to stand tall against the forces of nature and ensure that her story is known to the world.

– Jim Browne

Director,  Benh Zeitlin

Director,  Benh Zeitlin

Benh Zeitlin was born in Queens, New York, and made his first film at age six. He majored in film at Wesleyan University and cofounded the Court 13 filmmaking collective in 2004. His short Glory at Sea (2008) won numerous awards. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) is his feature film debut.

Cast and Crew

Director
Benh Zeitlin
Cast
Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Jonshel Alexander, Marilyn Barbarin, Levy Easterly
Production Company
Journeyman Pictures, Court 13 Pictures, Cinereach
Music
Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin
Producer
Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn
Screenwriter
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Editor
Crockett Doob, Affonso Gonçalves
Cinematographer
Ben Richardson
Art Director
Dawn Masi
Sound
Steve Boeddeker
Production Designer
Alex DiGerlando
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