New Film 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Promises Magic and Wonder (Video)

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There will never be another Maurice Sendak, sadly, but there can be more beasts.

Mystical wild things, of sorts, make an appearance in Beasts of the Southern Wild - a film by Benh Zeitlin which shimmered magic upon viewers during its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Critics are aglow. The New York Times' Manhola Dargis called the film “hauntingly beautiful,” and "among the best films to play at the festival in two decades."

The movie is a magical realist tale starring newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy, a girl trying to save her father and home after an epic hurricane deluges their otherworldly pocket of Louisiana, known as the Bathtub. There is fantasy and magic, struggle and heroic feats, and those beautiful beasts called aurochs, who are unleashed as nature flies into disarray.

That the director counts Malick, Cassavetes and Kusturica as influences is evident in the trailer alone, which you can view here…wild things included:

Beasts of the Southern Wild heads to theaters on June 27.

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