Beasts of the Southern Wild is the winner of the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year, and it will be at Cannes (or was this the previous year). It has gotten some great early buzz, and the trailer is great at relaying what it is all about. This would probably be about as indie a film can get, with a story that is not mainstream, but with an young actress who will probably be on everyone’s lips when the film is finally released. I find it amazing what child actors are able to do, and I would include newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis. The trailer reminds me of Where the Wild Things Are, considering the creature that is featured in it. The film was written by Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, and the film was directed by Benh Zeitlin.
“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.”
Beasts of the Southern Wild is in theatres June 27, 2012.