One of the best underdog stories in movies last year happened off the big screen, with Benh Zeitlin's debut feature "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," a tiny-budgeted indie with a bizarre premise and non-actors in all of the major roles, dazzling audiences from Park City, Utah to Cannes, ultimately picking up four Academy Award nominations, including a Best Picture nod and a Best Director nomination for Zeitlin. Of course the question ultimately arises: what next? How do you follow such a strong debut? Well, if you're Zeitlin, you go even weirder.
For a while it had been rumored that the follow-up would deal with the "out of wack" aging process and have some kind of magical component (just like 'Beasts'), but this sounds even crazier than we could have imagined. We appreciate that after the accolades came in, he didn't jump on the first studio project that came his way, although we worry that this could be a maddening follow-up, and not just because the director hedged his bets by saying that it could take a really long time. Hopefully Zeitlin is able to maintain the delicate mixture of surrealism and heart that made "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" such a singularly powerful experience.
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Obviously, he'll reteam with Queen Quvenzhané for the lead role of that young girl in his bonkers second movie and it will be fucking awesome!
Haters of BOTSW can exit stage GTFO and go suck on an auroch's dick.