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3,750 Ratings

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Directed by Benh Zeitlin
United States, 2012
Drama, Fantasy


Away from the mainland and surrounded by rising waters, the Bathtub is a derelict jungle where a small bayou community struggle to survive. Among them is the defiant and optimistic 6-year-old Hushpuppy who happily lives at this edge of the world, with her ailing daddy.

Our take

Perhaps one of the most baroque expressions of magical realism in recent years, Beasts of the Southern Wild took 2012 by storm with its fantastical vision of southern Louisiana. With a boundless imagination and a rare sense of adventure, this film is brimming with great tenderness and warmth.

Beasts of the Southern Wild Directed by Benh Zeitlin

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2012 | 3 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize (Un Certain Regard)

2012 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Academy Awards

2013 | 4 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

Sundance Film Festival

2012 | 2 wins including: Grand Jury Prize (US Dramatic Competition)

Independent Spirit Awards

2013 | Winner: Best Cinematography

2013 | 3 nominations including: Best Female Lead

Critics reviews

It’s difficult to explain exactly what Beasts Of The Southern Wild is, though it’s undoubtedly something extraordinary: like a live-action Miyazaki film, with Days Of Heaven narration, set in a dirt-poor community at an unspecified time of crisis.
February 16, 2019
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Shot on Super 16-millimeter film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is hauntingly beautiful both visually and in the tenderness it shows toward the characters, who live on the edge and perhaps somewhat in Hushpuppy’s head.
January 27, 2012
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