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Beasts of the Southern Wild

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Benh Zeitlin / US, 2012 / 93 min.

Enchanting mix of documentary-like scenes in the Mississippi Delta and the imagination of the six-year-old girl Hushpuppy about giant bison from prehistory. A little girl as the big hero, on the margins of a society where the nomads are being flooded out.

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A community of urban nomads strikes a precarious balance in the Mississippi Delta. The inhabitants of the fictitious hamlet The Bathtub have to leave because the river is flooding their land. The alcoholic Wink doesn’t want to move, even though the single father thereby endangers his six-year-old daughter Hushpuppy.

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Beasts of the Southern Wild


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Cinema Ecologica

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Moving, imaginative cinematographic highlight about a little girl’s unrivalled drive for survival when surrounded by failing adults and rising floodwaters.

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