Beasts of the Southern Wild
First screened in August 2012
Director: Benh Zeitlin. Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Gina Montana, Lowell Landes, Pamela Harper, Levy Easterly, Henry D. Coleman, Amber Henry, Jonshel Alexander, Kaliana Brower, Jovan Hathaway, Jimmy Lee Moore, Hannah Holby, Joseph Brown, Nicholas Clark, Philip Lawrence. Screenplay: Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin (based on the play Juicy and Delicious by Lucy Alibar).
Twitter Capsule: A Malick eye on a Morrison milieu. An ecstasy of apocalyptic time, molecules frizzing with bayou life.

Photo © 2012 Relativity Media
Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Director: Benh Zeitlin
Best Actress: Quvenzhané Wallis
Best Adapted Screenplay: Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin

Cannes Film Festival: Caméra d'Or (Best First Feature); FIPRESCI Prize (Un Certain Regard)
Sundance Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic); Best Cinematography (Ben Richardson)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actor (Henry); New Generation Award (Zeitlin); Best Original Score (David Romer and Benh Zeitlin)
National Board of Review: Breakthrough Actress (Wallis); Best First Film

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