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Beasts of the Southern Wild

  • Directed by Benh Zeitlin
  • United States, 2012, 93 mins., 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.

Genres: Drama, Fantasy

Other Films by Benh Zeitlin

Glory at Sea

The survivors of a flood construct a vessel with the help of a mysterious man. Together, they set out to save their friends and families.