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The staggeringly ambitious and stylistically bold first feature by Benh Zeitlin took Sundance by storm with its magical realist tale of a young girl who embarks on an increasingly bizarre odyssey through a flooded, post-apocalyptic American South.
The staggeringly ambitious and stylistically bold first feature by Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild took the Sundance Film Festival by storm with its eccentric, wholly unique vision of ecological apocalypse. Hushpuppy (an astonishing debut by Quvenzhané Wallis) is a six-year-old girl living with her boozing father Wink (Dwight Henry) in a Louisiana shantytown called "The Bathtub," so named because its location in a valley will cause it to be totally wiped out in the event of a flood. When the rains do in fact come and the town is duly washed away, Hushpuppy and Wink embark on an increasingly bizarre odyssey to restart their lives, and the world itself. Unforgettable, indescribable and unmissable, Beasts of the Southern Wild is "among the best films to play at [Sundance] in two decades" (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times); "a stunning debut" (Peter Debruge, Variety).
Nominated for Best Picture at the 85th Annual Academy Awards.