Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for Benh Zeitlin’s Sundance sensation Beasts of the Southern Wild. The movie won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and it certainly looks like something that could be unlike anything we’ve seen in a long while.
The film is set in a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee. The protagonist is a six-year-old girl (Quvenzhané Wallis) who 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.
After seeing this trailer, Beasts of the Southern Wild has instantly gone to the top of my most anticipated movies for the rest of the year. It looks simultaneously fantastical and poetic and newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis looks like she is going to light up the screen. I can’t wait to see this modern fairy tale.
Check out the trailer below or click over to Apple for HD. Beasts of the Southern Wild will open theaters on June 27th.