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.
Hushpuppy is not just the film’s heroine; she’s its soul. Beasts of the Southern Wild exists entirely in its own universe: mythological, anthropological, folkloric, and apocalyptic. Benh Zeitlin’s first feature (a Sundance Institute Feature Film Program project) employs a cast of nonactors—reflecting its grassroots production—to fiercely portray the bond between father and daughter in a world where only the strong survive. Standing defiantly at the end of the world, Hushpuppy affirms the dignity of telling their own story: that they were once there. –Sundance Film Festival
Benjamin Harold “Benh” Zeitlin (born October 14, 1982)2 is an American filmmaker, and a composer and animator.
Zeitlin was born in Manhattan and raised in Sunnyside, Queens, New York City, and in the suburbs of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He was born to folklorists Mary Amanda Dargan and Steven Joel “Steve” Zeitlin, who founded City Lore in New York City. His father is Jewish, and his mother, who is from Darlington, South Carolina, comes from a Protestant background.
In 2004, he cofounded the Court 13 independent collection of filmmakers, named after a neglected Wesleyan U. squash court that Zeitlin and his friends used as a filming site. He moved to New Orleans while making his first short film, Glory at Sea, in 2008.
In 2012, his first feature, Beasts of the Southern Wild, won the Caméra d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the Sundance… read more
a stripped down survival and existential adventure through the eyes of Hushpuppy, a 6 year old girl living with her tempered, fatally sick father, discovering the world around her. Hushpuppy is instinctive and upfront in the way she conducts herself through it all; she feels a strong connection to the universe and her place in it, something i can identify with..
A very humble approach to the lives of these poor people, the force of this movie really is Hushpuppy, the brave little girl that will have completely owned your heart by the end of the picture. The cinematography is very good as well and the soundtrack, and even if you know that a story like this is made to hit you in the heart, you still fall for it, completely.
A wonderful lead performance & stunning cinematography cannot help raise this film out of it's offensive naivety. It's no surprise that it's writer/director is a middle class white man, who illustrates his characters one dimensionally as noble savages. As a post katrina critique it fails miserably. Also, it's ghibliesque fantasy feels tacked on & was unable to suspend my disbelief. Seriously over-rated.
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Hushpuppy, interpretada por Quvenzhané Wallis, é a protagonista do mais recente filme de Benh Zeitlin. O ponto de vista de uma criança de 6 anos com a determinação de uma “besta do sul selvagem”. Um… read review
I’ve always felt that the outskirts of big cities are beautiful. Often dirty, decrepit or entirely abandoned, they possess a sense of history. Through their decay you can see the passing of time. That… read review
“Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage… read review