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Cannes 2012: "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" Picks Up FIPRESCI Prize

by Courtney
May 26, 2012 2:38 PM
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As the festival comes to a close, wrapping up another year, the award winners will be announced throughout the weekend, starting with S&A favorite, Ben Zeitlin’s feature film debut, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, which continues its streak of accolades, picking up the FIPRESCI prize at the grandest stage in all of film-land, the Cannes Film Festival.

A coup for that magical realism drama, which also won the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival (the grandest stage in all of film-land here in the USA).

FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, annointed the film, which Fox Searchlight will open in the USA on June 27th; it also received an Ecumenical Jury mention.

The FIPRESCI selectes one outstanding film in competition, 1 in the Un Certain Regard sidebar (Beasts this year), and a third in either Directors' Fortnight or Critics' Week.

During last year's festival, another film covered quite a bit here on S&A, Aki Kaurismaki's Le Havre, was also a FIPRESCI winner.

Some of you will get to see the critically-acclaimed film before its June 27th release date, when it'll screen at the BAM Film Festival in Brooklyn, NY, and the Los Angeles Film Festival - both next month.

Tambay saw it at Sundance in January and reviewed it HERE.

There has also been talk of Fox Searchlight pushing the film as an Oscar contender later this year, with its pint-sized star, Quvenzhané Wallis as a potential best actress nominee.

Watch the trailer:

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  • James Evans from the Cabrini-Green | May 28, 2012 6:51 PMReply

    I, too, am excited for this movie and the filmmakers. Count me in as down, I'll be spreading the word.

  • From Tokyo | May 28, 2012 2:50 PMReply

    I would very much like to see this movie.

  • Simone | May 27, 2012 2:41 PMReply

    The movie also won the Cannes Camera d'or (gold camera) for the first best movie great news for Quvenzhané Wallis and for the movie, i hope the will be on theater in France Soon.

  • Turner | May 27, 2012 9:11 AMReply

    Mr Zeitlin's quite the story teller. Looking forward to seeing this.

  • Rane | May 26, 2012 3:55 PMReply

    Deserved the prize for the trailer alone! Poetry and magic on film. Can't wait to see it.

  • LoupeEscrita | May 27, 2012 9:56 AM

    Yeah she's so cute :)!! And she seems so fierce and brave in the trailer ughh... I love her and Rue from the hungergames more positive representations of little black girls in movies!! So cute :D!! I love these type of adventure stories as a child especially when the main protagonist is a little girl. This trailer makes me smile :)!!

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