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New Photos From Benh Zeitlin's Sundance & Cannes Sensation 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 14, 2012 9:44 AM
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We get one every year; an indie darling that rises from anonymity to award season contender. This year, it looks like that film may very well be Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," which, after debuting in Park City to ravishing acclaim and a Grand Jury prize, recently went on to impress at Cannes (where it earned FIPRESCI honors as well).

Watch: Clip From Sundance & Cannes Sensation 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2012 4:28 PM
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Can "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" follow in the footsteps of films like "Precious" and "Blue Valentine" by going from Sundance to Cannes to awards season praise? We'll soon find out, but unlike those films, it's pretty difficult to describe exactly what this film is. Which makes it all the more exciting.

The Amazing Race: Which Films Came Out Of Cannes As Potential Oscar Contenders?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 1, 2012 1:09 PM
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Gosh, it feels like only yesterday we were talking about the 2011 Oscar season, with films like "The Artist," "Hugo," "The Descendants," "The Help" and "Moneyball" jostling for position in the chase for little gold statues. And that's because, well, it basically was yesterday: we're only a little over three months since Oscar season wrapped up. But time marches on, and with the arrival of the Cannes Film Festival, we've got some of the first indications of what might come into play in the awards season by the end of this year.

Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Wins Palme d'Or At Cannes; Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond The Hills' Other Big Winner At Fest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2012 2:11 PM
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On rainy evening in the south of France, Nanni Moretti and rest of the Cannes Film Festival jury gathered at the Lumiere theater for a star-studded ceremony to hand out the awards for this year's fest. And there were some big surprises in store.

'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' & 'In The Fog' Win FIPRESCI Prizes At Cannes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2012 3:23 PM
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More prizes are being handed out this evening in Cannes as the festival winds down for another year. With Tim Roth and his jury handing out the plaudits for Un Certain Regard, FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, have handed out their honors for the fest.

Saoirse Ronan To Star In WW1 Nursing Memoir 'Testament Of Youth,' From 'Harry Potter' Producer David Heyman

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 21, 2012 3:50 PM
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After mightily impressing in the likes of “Atonement,” “The Lovely Bones” and more recently “Hanna,” Saoirse Ronan (a name almost impossible to type correctly on a first attempt) looks to have a very exciting career ahead of her. She’ll star in Neil Jordan’s “Byzantium” later this year and has “The Host” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” among the more notable releases on her upcoming slate. And we can now add another film to that list, in the form of a David Heyman-produced adaptation of a Vera Brittain memoir.

New Trailer, Poster & Photos For Sundance Darling & Cannes Contender 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 2, 2012 1:10 PM
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It's no secret that we're fans of director Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," given our glowing review form Sundance and early prediction that the indie has an outside chance of riding its current momentum into a Oscar nomination. Of course, we're not alone, as 'Beasts' took the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year and, a few weeks ago, was announced as one of the films that would compete in Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard section later this month. In the meantime, however, a new poster and several photos from the film have arrived online.

Could 'The Dark Knight Rises' & 'The Master' Be Contenders? We Prematurely Predict The 2013 Best Picture Oscar Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 1, 2012 2:03 PM
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As you might have noticed, the 2011/2012 awards season is finally over: the Oscars were on Sunday night, "The Artist" was the big winner, Meryl Streep finally got her third statuette, and "Hugo" basically won everything else. And so we get to put all this talk of what might get nominated, what might win, and who will definitely win, to bed for a year.

Sundance Sensation 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Arrives On June 29th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2012 11:36 AM
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As usual, the Sundance Film Festival this year had its share of buzzworthy films, but no movie was talked about more by people in Park City than Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts Of The Southern Wild." The debut feature from the helmer drew breathless praise, even as critics struggled to put into words the exact nature of the reportedly deeply evocative, Grand Jury prize-winning film. Our own A-grade review of the movie said it's "as unique as it is uneven, as unforgettable as it is uncomfortable, and trembles with the energy, bravura and passion of director Zeitlin, his cast and his crew like some rough animal snorting and stamping with horrible wonder and the possibility of both loss and understanding." Hell, yeah. And Fox Searchlight is wasting no time getting it in theaters.

'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Tops The 2012 Sundance Film Festival Awards

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 29, 2012 12:53 PM
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It was a fait accompli pretty much from minute one. No other film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival got as much buzz as 29-year-old first-time feature-length filmmaker Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," a mythical film about a 6-year-old girl who lives in a southern Delta community at the edge of the world (read our review here). And so it was no surprise that the film won the jury prize for best drama (and cinematography) at last night's Sundance awards ceremony.

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