Beasts of the Southern Wild
Benh Zeitlin / United States / 2012 / 93 min / Colour
Little Hushpuppy lives with her father in the big bathtub, sunk in the Louisiana swamps. A flood is knocking at the door of their house, while from the melting of the polar glaciers the Aurochs, wild and primitive creatures, awaken from their millennial sleep to resume their race. In a community on the fringes of civilisation the protagonist, played by the very young Quvenzhané Wallis, will have to learn to survive, alone and tiny in the face of cyclones that threaten to change everything, as a prophecy tells. The director Benh Zeitlin, at his debut behind the camera, leads us through a dizzying fable, traveling between reality and dream, through the eyes of a child. In search of the mother she never met, and linked to a father suffering from a serious illness, Hushpuppy will go through a contemporary apocalypse with the purity of a wide-eyed dream that can illuminate the path, even in the deepest bayou.
Born in Queens, after studying film at Wesleyan University he trained in Prague and returned to the United States to make Glory at Sea (2008), his first short film. Beasts of the Southern Wild, his debut feature film, has received numerous awards at the most important festivals in the world, including the Caméra d'or at the Festival de Cannes and the Grand Prize of the Jury: U.S. Dramatic, at the Sundance Film Festival.
Format HDSubject Lucy AlibarScreenplay Lucy Alibar, Benh ZeitlinCinematography Ben RichardsonEditing Crockett Doob e Affonso GonçalvesMusic Dan Romer e Benh ZeitlinMain cast Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy EasterlyProduction company Cinereach, Court 13 Pictures, Journeyman Pictures