Bizarre tale from Louisiana swamp
Nominated at the 85th Academy Awards, Beasts of Southern Wild tells the tale of a brave and spirited child who shows us how to find poetry in the ugliness of poverty.
The film is being shown by local non-profit group Beach Flicks at the Eaglecrest Golf Course.
The staggeringly ambitious and stylistically bold first feature by Benh Zeitlin took the Sundance Film Festival by storm with its eccentric, wholly unique vision of ecological apocalypse. Hushpuppy (an astonishing debut by Quvenzhan Wallis) is a six-year-old girl living with her boozing father Wink (Dwight Henry) in a Louisiana shantytown.
The town is called The Bathtub, named because its location in a valley will cause it to be totally wiped out in the event of a flood. When the rains do in fact come and the town is duly washed away, Hushpuppy and Wink embark on an increasingly bizarre odyssey to restart their lives, and the world itself. Unforgettable, indescribable and unmissable, Beasts of the Southern Wild is “among the best films to play at (Sundance) in two decades” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times); “a stunning debut” (Peter Debruge, Variety).
The final film of the season will hit the screen at 7 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 and proceeds from all the films go to organizations in need. Visit www.beachflicks.ca for more information.
— Submitted by Luba Plotnikoff