General · 18th February 2013
Friday, Feb.22, 7:45 at the Quadra Community Centre.
Here comes a game-changer! BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD has won every prize from Sundance to Cannes. It creates a world to get lost in, a world of mythic wonder.
The “wild” is a tiny island off the coast of Louisiana, called the Bathtub by its almost feral inhabitants, who view mainlanders with trepidation. Events centre on the film’s narrator; a bushy-haired, six-year-old girl called Hushpuppy (amazing newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis).
For context, viewers will remember Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil disaster, and slavery days. But first-time director Benh Zeitlin and cowriter Lucy Alibar, go for intimacy and the particulars with their enigmatic main players.
The shimmer of magic realism pervades the film, and cinematographer Ben Richardson catches its grit and grace. BEASTS is some kind of miracle, shot on a shoestring; a tribute to the people who stay rooted.