Fledgling filmmaker Benh Zeitlen’s new film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” garnered tons of acclaim at the recent Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection at Cannes. Even so, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that it’ll be a compelling, watchable film. But the first trailer, featuring breakout child star Quvenzhane Wallace, makes it look pretty damn good. The film follows Wallace as Hushpuppy on an odyssey to survive a Katrina-like storm, ward off mystical “auroch” creatures, and find his missing mother.
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“I’d tell her to do something with a little more subtlety, and she goes, ‘Benh, I am 6 years old. I am in the second grade. Do you think I know what ‘subtlety’ means? Use smaller words.’”
– “Beasts of the Southern Wild” director Benh Zeitlin talking about the 8-year-old star of his movie, Quevenzhané Wallis. “Beasts” received stunning reviews at Sundance, so we think you’re about to hear a lot more about this movie, and adorable Quevenzhané. Get ready! [NYMag.com]