It’s hard to sum up what’s going on in this trailer for Beasts of the Southern Wild without sounding a bit daft, so I’ll let the images speak for themselves. First time director Zeitlin has seemingly made a powerful and original work, not something to sniff at in this age of adaptations, remakes and derivative ideas.
How to describe it to the uninitiated? If the sensebilities of Maurice Sendak, Ray Bradbury and Norah Zeale Hurston got together and had a baby it would probably look exactly like Beasts of the Southern Wild. Come June 27th I’m thinking we are going to have several new talents to look out for.
As synopsis, I’ve reprinted below my blurb from our summer preview article:
Benh Zeitlin’s magical realist fairytale earned top honors at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and by all accounts it’s a fantastic and dramatically rich film. Hushpuppy is a young girl living in a bayou town known as The Bathtub when a storm comes through and floods out the area. Told as the story of a father and his child, Beasts of the Southern Wild also hints at the invisible world of childhood fears and insecurities with a race of prehistoric creatures called the aurochs, who have risen due to the melting of the ice caps and are marching across the country headed for the Bathtub.