VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Beasts of the Southern Wild

V' 12

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Benh Zeitlin
USA, 2011
Fiction, 92min, OmdU

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Benh Zeitlin
USA, 2011
Fiction, 92min, OmdU

Actors: 
Quvenzhané Wallis
Hushpuppy
Dwight Henry
Wink
Lowell Landes
Walrus
Levy Easterly
Jean-Battiste
Screenplay: 
Lucy Alibar
Benh Zeitlin
Sound: 
Steve Boeddeker
Camera: 
Ben Richardson
Editor: 
Affonso Gonçalves
Crockett Doob
Composer: 
Dan Romer
Benh Zeitlin
Decoration: 
Alex DiGerlando
Costume: 
Stephani Lewis

Production: 
Cinereach, Journey Man Pictures, Court 13
World Sales: 
Entertainment One Films International
Distribution in Austria: 
Polyfilm Verleih
Format: 
DCP
Color

Benh Zeitlin’s short film, GLORY AT SEA, rendered post-Katrina grief with an overwhelming sense of magic realism. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, his feature-length debut, contains much of the same thing. Zeitlin’s lavish setting is an imaginary community called “The Bathtub” off the coast of Southern Louisiana, where a six-year-old African-American girl named Hushpuppy (a stunningly committed performance from newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis) lives on the swampier side of a levee with her strict father Wink, who relishes his daughter with hyperbolic tales of her absent mother. As Wink suffers from a terminal illness, Hushpuppy's reality gradually dissolves, a transition Zeitlin renders with a fantastic eye for natural wonder. The whole movie inhabits Hushpuppy’s outlook, as she listens to those around her and draws colorful conclusions. (Eric Kohn)