I remember hearing the title, Beasts of the Southern Wild during this past January’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Cinematography Award. As intriguing as that title sounds, as intriguing as the premise sounds:
“In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.”
…I hadn’t seen a single frame. Given that this is the debut film from director and co-writer Benh Zeitlin, (the script co-written by Lucy Alibar), despite the fact that it had been so heavily lauded, I had no idea what to actually expect.
Prepare to be dazzled. The first trailer has debuted, along with that beautiful poster. Fox Searchlight snapped up the film after Sundance and will release it here in the US on June 27. (I suspect that release will be extremely limited but I can hope it will make it up to Beantown.)
The two astonishing children who make their screen debuts and lead the film are Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry. Unreal. Enjoy the trailer. More as we get it.