Beasts of the Southern Wild

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In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl named Hushpuppy (the extraordinary Quvenzhané Wallis, making her film debut) 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. This imaginative, fantastical and visually striking drama, the debut feature film from director/co-writer Benh Zeitlin, has been nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Actress, Director and Adapted Screenplay. (Dir. by Benh Zeitlin, 2012, 93 mins., Rated PG-13, Fox Searchlight) Digital