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Directed By: Benh Zeitlin
Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes
Rating: PG-13 for thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language, and brief sensuality
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Country: USA Release Date: June 27, 2012 With: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry
Synopsis Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, & Best Adapted Screenplay
Grand Jury Prize & Excellence in Cinematography Award, 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in “the Bathtub,” a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack—temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.
Hushpuppy is not just the film’s heroine; she’s its soul. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD exists entirely in its own universe: mythological, anthropological, folkloric, and apocalyptic. Benh Zeitlin’s first feature (a Sundance Institute Feature Film Program project) employs a cast of nonactors—reflecting its grassroots production—to fiercely portray the bond between father and daughter in a world where only the strong survive. Standing defiantly at the end of the world, Hushpuppy affirms the dignity of telling their own story: that they were once there. –Sundance Film Festival
“[BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is] among the best films to play at the [Sundance Film] festival in two decades…is hauntingly beautiful both visually and in the tenderness it shows toward the characters…”—Manohla Dargis, New York Times
“A stunning debut that finds its dandelion-haired heroine fighting rising tides and fantastic creatures in a mythic battle against modernity.”—Peter Debruge, Variety