September 26, 2021


Showing: Wednesday, January 9 – 8:00
Year: 2012
Country: USA
Genre: ,
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Tickets are almost sold out. Buy online before 3:00, and please arrive early. Meet the Filmmakers: Discussion with cinematographer Ben Richardson (schedule permitting), moderated by Susanna Styron.

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, six-year-old Hushpuppy exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe. A fierce storm changes her reality as she struggles to save her ailing father and sinking home.  2012, USA, 93 minutes, rated PG-13 for disturbing images

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Cannes Film Festival: Best First Film
Sundance Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize

Shot in Louisiana, with non-professional actors and apparently set-designed from a junkyard, Beasts of the Southern Wild marks one of the most auspicious American directorial debuts in years.” – Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Beasts of the Southern Wild transports us to places that are peculiar and dangerous and magical, and makes us feel weirdly at home.”  – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“There’s no trace of calculation, only artistic ambitions and hopes that have come to fruition in the year’s finest film thus far.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“It’s hard not to see Beasts as an expression of post-affluent America. And here’s the surprise: the grinding Great Recession may never offer up a movie as happy, or as inspired by poetry and dream, as this one.” – David Denby, The New Yorker