'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Poster Lights Up

Beasts of the Southern Wild posterOne film I'm excited to see at Cannes and, as I just pointed out, will also be playing the Seattle Film Festival following its stand-out debut at this year's Sundance Festival is Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was quickly snatched up for distribution by Fox Searchlight and today they debut the film's first poster.

The film centers on Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis), an intrepid six-year-old girl, who lives with her father, Wink (Dwight Henry), in "the Bathtub," a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink's tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he's no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack--temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.

Following its May festival appearances, Beasts of the Southern Wild will be released in limited theaters beginning on June 27. After the buzz out of Sundance, it's one I'm thinking may be able to carry all the way to the awards season... or at least I'm hoping it's that good.

Beasts of the Southern Wild poster
Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • zlaja

    Wow... One of the most beautiful posters I have seen in a long time. Colors, typography, composition.. beautiful!

  • Drew

    Saw it at Sundance.

    The beginning is epic in its spirit and positivity. You can't help but smile and become jealous of what's happening on screen. The score is TO DIE FOR!

    The movie captures your attention for its entire span and, when it's over and you and everyone else in the audience are tearing up and sniffling, you're kinda sad - you want the movie to keep going!

    But then the score plays during the end credits and you start feeling pumped up, happy, excited, grateful for the experience. Overwhelmed.

    Even more impressive is that nearly (if not all) of the main players in the film - this is their first film. It also doesn't hurt that Benh Zeitlin is one of the most open, accessible, friendly directors to the audience. After the screening, he sat in the lobby for 30 minutes making sure everyone who wanted an autograph got one (I did) and that everyone who wanted to talk to him got to.

    If this film doesn't blow awards season away, then I will have lost faith in the Oscars.

  • bss121

    Beautiful poster. Really can't wait to see this. I don't think I've heard anyone say a negative thing about it yet.

  • Jbob

    Now that's a poster.