THE Dunamaise Arts Centre presents one of the most striking films ever to debut at the Sundance Film Festival, Beasts of the Southern Wild, a poetic evocation of an endangered way of life and a surging paean to human resilience and self-reliance.
Shot along the southernmost fringes of Louisiana, cast with non-actors and absolutely teeming with creativity in every aspect of its being, Benh Zeitlin’s directorial debut could serve as a poster child for everything American independent cinema aspires to be but so seldom is.
Undetectably based on a play, by co-scenarist Lucy Alibar, Beasts unequivocally casts a spell, one that emanates from the strange world it inhabits and evokes, as well as from the extraordinarily sensitive and expressive way Zeitlin and his colleagues have rendered it. The director assembled artisans to collaborate on this feature. What has come of it, in the way the exquisite images, fleet cutting, exotic music, vivid naturescapes, native people and local language merge so seamlessly, is a movie that pulsates with the stuff of life.
Beasts of the Southern Wild screens this Thursday, August 1, at 8pm. Tickets are priced €5/€7.