Something to look forward to: “Beasts of the Southern Wild”


I keep hearing wonderful things about “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Drama at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The trailer finally debuted last week, giving us a glimpse at what all the buzz is about and rendering this film one of my most anticipated of the summer. It looks to be a thing of wonder and beauty.

Here is Metacritic’s summary of what makes this film so worthy of anticipation:

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” won both the Grand Jury Prize and Excellence in Cinematography at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and garnered comparisons to fairy tales, parables and the works of Terence Malick and Hayao Miyazaki. Those comparisons make immediate sense when you watch the first official trailer for the film, which comes to a handful of theaters on June 27th. The film follows Hushpuppy and her father Wink, who live in an abstract water-world in Louisiana known as “The Bathtub.” They struggle to survive when their community is threatened by a devastating flood and an approaching herd of beasts known as aurochs. Writer/director Ben Zeitlin adapted co-writer Lucy Alibar’s play Juicy and Delicious, cast non-actors, and collaborated with his Court 13 collective to create a unique vision that looks both familiar and magical.

One of the very young director’s first films was shot in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and both his parents are urban folklorists. This unique personal context looks as if it was influential in the film’s overall vision and tone.

You can visit the film’s site here.


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