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Bayou daughter withstands a storm: Benh Zeitlin's BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
"Beasts" is part of our collaboration with the Incluvie Movie Meetup. It's also part of the MFA's series "Heroic! Female Heroes on Film," and is co-presented with the Boston Women’s Film Festival. The Brattle Theater in Harvard Square is also presenting films featuring heroic women this summer! See their full program at Bring your ticket stub from any screening in the MFA's Heroic! Series to the Brattle for a $3 discount, depending on availability. SCREENING AT 1:00p Running time: 93 min. Release date: 27 June 2012 SUMMARY In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions. -- Fox Searchlight TRAILER, REVIEWS, EXTRAS Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 86% of 194 reviews (46 "Top Critics" linked at The film was nominated for four Oscars at the 85th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Benh Zeitlin), Best Adapted Screenplay (Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin), and Best Actress (Quvenzhané Wallis). At age 9, Wallis became the youngest Best Actress nominee in history. "Beasts" was cast largely with nonprofessional actors. Dwight Henry, who plays Wink (Hushpuppy's father), owned Henry's Bakery and Deli, across the street from the casting agency. BLURBS & ATTITUDES Cut off from the mainland, surrounded by rising waters, the Bathtub is a desolate wilderness of poverty where a small community struggles to survive ... offshore from New Orleans, isolated by levees, existing self-contained on its own terms. The distant profiles of drilling rigs and oil refineries might as well be mysterious prehistoric artifacts ... A fearsome storm is said to be on the way, but existence here is already post-apocalyptic, with the people cobbling together discarded items of civilization like the truck bed and oil drums that have been made into a boat ... Everyone in the Bathtub knows one another, and in a sense, they're all the same age — which is Now ... This movie is a fantasy in many ways, but the authenticity and directness of the untrained actors make it effortlessly convincing. Sometimes miraculous films come into being, made by people you've never heard of, starring unknown faces, blindsiding you with creative genius. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is one of the year's best films. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Beasts of the Southern Wild is sheer poetry on screen: an explosion of joy in the midst of startling squalor and one of the most visceral, original films to come along in a while. – Christy Lemire, Associated Press Beasts of the Southern Wild is like outsider art: patched together with found materials, conjured up by untrained artists (the actors), and evocative of a truly American attitude of eccentricity, boldness, transcendence. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer Its fertility and its terror stem from the same truth: To the young mind, there is no sealed barrier cleaving reality from fantasy. Not yet. The wall hasn't been built. – Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Examiner [T]he film's careful injection of a warm, humanist spirit into an elaborate magical realist vision sets it apart. This is simultaneously a work of enormous vision and ambition, a thoroughly impractical moviemaking enterprise of extraordinary scale, and a love letter to the people of the Bayou State, who have persevered in the face of apocalyptic tragedy. – Robert Levin, The Atlantic

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Do you see a lot of movies at Kendall Square Cinema, the Brattle Theater, Coolidge Corner, West Newton? Are you unfazed by subtitles? When you tell people your favorite director, do they have to Google the name to find out who you're talking about? Do you find poetry in black-and-white studio-era pictures, off-the-radar art-house films, and challenging foreign fare? Do you look forward to meeting other film fans, and even getting to talk about the movies, as much as actually seeing them?

Then this Meetup is for you!

Each meeting will be to see a film, to be followed by a meal or a drink, over which we can discuss the film--and whatever else comes to mind. :) Films need not be restricted to the Brattle, the Kendall, or even a Cambridge cinema at all!

Organizers are responsible for:

1. Choosing a film and showtime.

2. Identifying a place to meet at the film.

3. Choosing a reasonably priced venue near the cinema for food and drink after the show and making reservations when necessary. (Carter can help with suggestions.)

To help make each meetup of this group be a success, members are responsible for:

1. Keeping their RSVP status current for a movie they've signed up for.

2. Bringing cash to any eatery. It makes paying the bill in a group SO much easier!

Thank you and enjoy the show ... and each other!

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