A beautiful child, a beautiful film


Oscar nominee Quvenzhane (Qua van janay) Wallis stars in Beasts of the Southern Wild directed by Oscar nominee Benh Zeitlin is a beautiful film!

The opening scene presents an amazing golden child innocently immersed in her own animal kingdom –a world of domestic pets, remnants of a crude existence– bearing a striking chord of realism, albeit suspended belief. Hushpuppy (Quvenzhanẽ pronounced Qwa von je nay) is the film’s small heroine of epic proportion who guides us through one of the most beautiful and extraordinary films of the past decade, Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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 orphan hood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural order 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.

Zeitlin speaking with Talk2SV: The film is a real collaboration. Much of what comes through on screen was brought by local actors and the place where we made it. We learned so much by living down there. We tried to create a system of making a movie where all the elements in the film are believable. Also, I think a lot of it is really brought to the film by people that have lived in south Louisiana all their life. For me, it was just a matter of trying to make sure that I was listening [to them] and trying to give it (the film) an element of a story within its space and not try to come in with a bunch of pre-conceived notions. It had a quality even though the story is fictional. Our approach was as if we were making a documentary.

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