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 Official Trailer
There’s a certain authenticity that bursts through, even in the trailer. I think it’s one of those things where the actors– being talented, but unknown– really work for the piece. The other thing that excites me is that, when I watch the trailer and when I look at the stills, the film does not remind me of anything I’ve seen before. There are lots of movies where a little girl drives the plot (like Little Miss Sunshine or Whale Rider) but this seems very different.
The director Ben Zeitlin had some really interesting things to say about filmmaking in this article. He’s very much about allowing the film to be fluid, to keep changing even after the script has been written. So the little girl (Quvenzhané) became an influence over her character, Hushpuppy. As the filmmakers got to know the actor, the character changed, and this was true for the other characters as well. This, among other approaches, sounds really different and Zeitlin‘s unique directorial theories may be what helped BOTSW win over film fest audiences everywhere. I’m dying to see how it all goes down on or around June 27.
Watch a featurette of BOTSW here.
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Watch Zeitlin‘s short films (Egg and Glory At Sea) here.
Check out more stills from Beasts Of The Southern Wild below