The Madeleine Brand Show for June 22, 2012

Director Benh Zeitlin talks about his film 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

'Beasts of the Southern Wild' movie poster

"Beasts of the Southern Wild," directed by Benh Zeitlin.

The film "Beasts of the Southern Wild" received a standing ovation at Cannes this year. It was the talk of Sundance when it premiered, taking the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature.

The film's theatrical release started slowly, playing in just four theaters. Now it's showing in more than 200. It was shot on a shoestring budget, and has already grossed more than $3 million.

The film takes place in a watery outpost along the Louisiana coast, a place time and the mainland have forgotten. It's called "The Bathtub" because it fills up with water when big storms bring torrential downpours.

The film is told from the perspective of 6-year-old Hushpuppy, who lives with her daddy in a ramshackle pair of shacks with lots of animals, both real and imaginary. In fact, much of the film has a dreamlike atmosphere.

Director Benh Zeitlin joins the show to discuss filming the movie in "The Bathtub" and his inspirations for the film's atmospheric qualities.

Guest:

Benh Zeitlin is the director of the film "Beasts of the Southern Wild."


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