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Directed by Benh Zeitlin

United States 2012 93 mins. In English

A deeply felt exploration of race and class in post-Katrina America filtered through the soaring fantasies and downcast reality of a six-year old girl named Hushpuppy and her daddy, Wink. Nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actress (9-year old Quvenzhané Wallis being the youngest person ever nominated for an Academy Award), Zeitlin’s debut feature channels the early works of both Terrence Malick and David Gordon Green, as well as John Sayles’ The Secret of Roan Inish and his much underrated 1999 film Limbo, all while pushing the coming of age narrative into a more globally resonant and ecologically aware space. “Beautiful, funny, timely and tender, this is the American arthouse movie of the year.”—Damon Wise, Empire.