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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Director: Benh Zeitlin

USA, Drama, 2011, 92 min, english with lithuanian subtitles, T
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, six year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) lives. Her mother long gone, and her beloved father Wink (Dwight Henry) a wildman on a perpetual spree, Hushpuppy is left to fend for herself in an isolated compound filled with semi-wild animals. She perceives the natural world to be a fragile web of living, breathing, squirting things, in which the entire universe depends on everything fitting together just right. But there is a sense of inevitable destruction. When a hundred year storm raises the waters around her town, her daddy is suddenly stricken with illness, and fierce pre-historic creatures awaken from their frozen graves to come charging across the planet, Hushpuppy sees the natural order of everything she holds dear collapsing around her. Fusing recent history and contemporary environmental concerns with a mythic quality, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is a spiritual and mesmerizing tale, an exploration of the fertile and terrifying world of a child‘s imagination.
 
Awards:
 
2012 – Caméra d‘or Award, “Regards Jeune” Award, Special Mention by the Ecumenical Jury and FIPRESCI Award in “Un Certain Regard” section at the Cannes International Film Festival (France).
2012 – Grand Jury Prize and Best Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival (USA).
2012 – Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival (USA).
2012 – Golden Space Needle Award at the Seattle International Film Festival (USA).
 
About the director:
 
Benh Zeitlin, born in 1982, New York, USA, is an American filmmaker, composer, animator, and founding member of independent filmmakers‘ collective “Court 13”. He studied filmmaking in Wesleyan University in Middletown (USA). His award-winning short films include “Egg” (2005), “Origins of Electricity” (2006) and “Glory at Sea” (2008). “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, director‘s first feature film, received multiple prestigious awards. The film defies easy classification or description, instead forging a new path that firmly establishes director Benh Zeitlin as a bright new cinematic talent.
Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar

Dir. of Photography: Ben Richardson

Music: Benh Zeitlin, Dan Romer

Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Lowell Landes, Levy Easterly, Pamela Harper, Gina Montana