Beasts of the Southern Wild
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Screenwriters: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in â€śthe Bathtub,â€ť a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Winkâ€™s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when heâ€™s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whackâ€”temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Winkâ€™s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.
Hushpuppy is not just the filmâ€™s heroine; sheâ€™s its soul. Beasts of the Southern Wild exists entirely in its own universe: mythological, anthropological, folkloric, and apocalyptic. Benh Zeitlinâ€™s first feature (a Sundance Institute Feature Film Program project) employs a cast of nonactorsâ€”reflecting its grassroots productionâ€”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. . .
- U.S. Narrative Feature Films
- 2012, Sundance Film Festival
- U.S.A., 91 min.
- Excellence in Cinematography Award Dramatic, Grand Jury Prize Dramatic, Indian Paintbrush Producer's Award