Beasts of the Southern Wild

Benh Zeitlin, USA, 2012o


Six-year-old Hushpuppy lives with her alcoholic father in Bathtub, an island and a slum settlement in Louisiana.In spite of her age, she is independent and a bundle of energy: she cracks crabs with her bare hands, fights, has a special connection to animals and feels at home in the swamp. When a storm comes and she is brought to the mainland as if, Hushpuppy has to defy the adversities with her fantasy.

An allegorical film from the Deep South, which uses the events around Hurricane Katrina as an existentialist background.

Der überwältigende Erstling des US-Regisseurs Benh Zeitlin ist wirklich ein Biest: ein Bastard aus frei schwebender Bayou-Folklore und bodenständiger Fantasy, archaisch, stürmisch und immer auch heillos überfrachtet. Kinderfantasien und reale Erinnerung an die Verwüstungen durch den Hurrikan Katrina verschmelzen hier zu einer ureigenen Mythologie des amerikanischen Südens. Und mittendrin die sechsjährige Quvenzhané Wallis als Hushpuppy, eine kleine Naturgewalt in einer versinkenden Welt.

Florian Keller

Entre odyssée fantastique, fable naturaliste et film apocalyptique, le jeune cinéaste invite à une expérience cinématographique unique : choc visuel garanti. Un voyage émotionnel d'une intensité rare.

Barbara Théate

Voici un univers de cinéma radicalement original, porté par une envie de raconter des choses fabuleuses. Comme le titre l'indique.

Frédéric Strauss

On est resté scotché du début à la fin face à cette genèse qui se mue en apocalypse.

Jean Roy


Variety, 1/19/2012
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Time Out, 10/12/2012
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Interview (Magazine), 6/26/2012
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Le Parisien, 12/11/2012
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L'humanité, 7/28/2019
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Interview with Benh Zeitlin, Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry
en / 6/21/2012 / 4‘45‘‘

Making of Beasts of the Southern Wild
/ The Creators Project
en / 8/15/2012 / 10‘28‘‘

Director Benh Zeitlin about his first feature film as director, co-writer, and co-composer
From / KCRW
en / 28‘15‘‘

Movie Datao

Other titles
Les Bêtes du sud sauvage FR
Drama, Fantasy
Running time
93 Min.
Original language
Important Awards
Cannes 2012: Caméra d’or (Best first feature) | Sundance 2012: Grand Jury Prize
ØYour rating7.2/10
IMDB user:
7.2 (84936)
< 10 votes
< 3 votes q

Cast & Crewo

Quvenzhané WallisHushpuppy
Dwight HenryWink
Levy EasterlyJean Battiste


Interview with Benh Zeitlin, Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, en , 4‘45‘‘
Making of Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Creators Project, en , 10‘28‘‘
Review Variety
Peter Debruge
Review Time Out
Dave Calhoun
Interview with director Benh Zeitlin
Interview (Magazine) / Gillian Mohney
Review Spiegel Online
Hannah Pilarczyk
Review Le Parisien
Review L'humanité
Jean Roy
Director Benh Zeitlin about his first feature film as director, co-writer, and co-composer
KCRW / en / 28‘15‘‘
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