Beasts of the Southern Wild
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4 Nominations
Year 2012
Director Benh Zeitlin
Writer Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry
85th Academy Awards

Beasts of the Southern Wild is an American fantasy drama film directed by Benh Zeitlin and written by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar's one-act play "Juicy and Delicious". After playing at film festivals, it was released on June 27, 2012, in New York and Los Angeles, and later expanded wider.



In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.