SCV is very happy to see this film win the top award at the Sundance Festival 2012 Awards session. The film Beasts of the Southern Wild written and directed by Benh Zeitlin, won the Grand Jury Prize as well as Best Cinematography. Without knowing much besides the synopsis for the film, we at SCV are deeply reminded of the Thai masterpiece Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives just by the imagery alone for Beasts of the Southern Wild. It is to be understood that the auteur of this film, Benh Zeitlin, completed the production of this film through the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program project, and Beasts of the Southern Wild was also completely cast with non-actors. This film looks absolutely brilliant and we all cannot wait to see it in a local independent theatre soon!
“Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in “the Bathtub,” a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack—temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother” -Sundance Film Fest
Benh Zeitlin describes the unique way he went about making his remarkable new film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” in U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance 2012 Film Festival.