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Benh Zeitlin's BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD has found pretty much nothing but adoring fans since its award-winning debut at Sundance in January. The praise continued last month at Cannes and you can pretty much guarantee the fervor will only increase when the movie makes its LA debut at LA Film Fest next week and continues marching towards it June 27th US release date. Fox Searchlight has released this emotional clip from the film's opening to stir up more support. Can awards recognition be far behind?


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  • Greg Christie

    I don't know why, but everything about this film rubs me the wrong way, I will freely admit that I've grown very very cynical after wasting my time and money at a sub par film school and from all the years touring the festival scene as either a short film maker, DIY documentary filmmaker, or second tier internet critic. But this just has "self important, over hyped, NYU senior grad thesis" written all over it. Lot's of shaky extreme close ups, an ethereal, borderline nonsensical voice over ala "George Washington (its strongest influence), a Beirut sounding score to make all the Williamsburg hipsters want to download the soundtrack on Itunes and a very obvious influence from Where the Wild Things Are, but set in post Katrina New Orleans (gag!). Yet, I'm also really intrigued by the film and with all of the hype I'm hoping to be proven wrong. Also, I find that the whole Sundance Lab thing to be deceiving, nepotist bullshit and I'm wary of any project that comes out of that program.

  • Mr. Cavin

    You know, Mr. Christie, I hope you're wrong too. But this was a very cogent dismemberment, and I thank you for it.

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