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Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild

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Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin' under, in this tale of a six-year-old named Hushpuppy, who lives with her daddy at the edge of the world.

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In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), exists on the brink of orphanhood.

''The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right. If one piece busts, even the smallest piece, the entire universe will get busted.''

Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy

Her mother long gone, and her beloved father Wink (Dwight Henry) a wildman on a perpetual spree, Hushpuppy is left to her own devices on an isolated compound filled with semi-feral animals. She perceives the natural world to be a fragile web of living, breathing, squirting things, in which the entire universe depends on everything fitting together just right. So when a hundred-year storm raises the waters around her town, her daddy is suddenly stricken with illness, and fierce pre-historic creatures awaken from their frozen graves to come charging across the planet, Hushpuppy sees the natural order of everything she holds dear collapsing around her.

''When it all quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me flying around in invisible pieces.''

Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy

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.

''I'm recording my story for the scientist in the future... In a million years, when kids got to school, they gonna know: Once there was a Hushpuppy, and she lived with her Daddy in the Bathtub.''

Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy


Someone's ability to bake doughnuts or laugh loud is just as good a reason to make them a dolly grip as their ability to push a dolly. I want to fill my life and my films with wild, brave, good-hearted people. Whatever amount of chaos and disaster that leads to doesn't matter, because you're going through it with the people you love, and in the end, no matter what, the movies come out wild, brave, and good-hearted; and that's more important to me than smooth dolly moves. This concept extended to every part of the process making Beasts of the Southern Wild. My approach to making movies about is crafting energy, a feeling, and a way of life that the people that make movies with me can live. It's about inventing reality and populating it with the best people I know.

Most gloriously, in our casting process - where we chose Dwight Henry, from the bakery across the street, and Quvenzhané Wallis, from Honduras Elementary School to take charge of our heroes, Wink and Hushpuppy. Neither of them had any previous experience acting, but when you look in their eyes, you see fearless warriors, and you know they can do anything. Even though you then have to re-write the script from scratch and change everything about your approach, it doesn't matter, because those elements were superficial in the face of accurately capturing the fierce spirit that the film needed to articulate. That principle was applied to every decision. Are we going to create an interior water set? Or are we going to sea? Do we dress an accessible location to look like an island at the edge of the world, or do we go to the edge of the world? Do we dress an 11-year-old to look like she's six? Or do we cast a six-year-old? We tested the strength of the story and family that made it against every element that would try to break it. I got hooked on South Louisiana because this mentality is everywhere. I showed up for a two-month visit six years ago and I'm not going anywhere. It's the home of the most tenacious people in America - an endangered species. And that fierceness was how I came to this story. With the hurricanes, the oil spills, the land decaying out from under our feet, there's a sense or inevitability that one day it's all going to get wiped off the map. I wanted to make a movie exploring how we should respond to such a death sentence. Not critiquing the politicians who have caused it, or calling to arms for environmental responsibility, or raising awareness of suffering, or any of that. The real question to me, is how do you find the strength to stand by and watch the place that made you die, while maintaining the hope and the joy and the celebratory spirit that defined it? I found the answers in the ferocious people I cast in the film, and I found an incredible articulation of that story in my dear little friend Lucy Alibar's play Juicy and Delicious - an apocalyptic comedy about a little boy losing his father at the end of the world. From the two of us, and with the spirit of Quvenzhané Wallis, came Hushpuppy. She's a little beast who, in order to survive, has to find the strength of South Louisiana at the age of six. I put all the wisdom and courage I've got into her. She's the person I want to be.

Beasts of the Southern Wild Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Benh Zeitlin

Writing Credits

Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar (Screenplay)

Lucy Alibar (Stage play ''Juicy and Delicious'')


Quvenzhané Wallis

Dwight Henry

Levy Easterly

Lowell Landes

Gina Montana

Music by

Benh Zeitlin

Dan Romer

Cinematography by

Ben Richardson

Categories: Oscars, Oscar Academy Award Nominee, EEBAFTAs, BAFTA Award Nominee, WSA, World Soundtrack Award Winner

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Country: United States

Beasts of the Southern Wild Official Trailer

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