OCTOBER 18th, 7pm
Directed by: Benh Zeitlin
United States 92 minutes
Hushpuppy, a fearless six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in “the Bathtub”, a fictitious southern bayou community on an island surrounded by rising waters. Wink teaches her to survive on her own, preparing her for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. Hushpuppy’s strength is tested when Wink contracts a mysterious illness and a massive storm floods the community with help from a nearby levee. In Hushpuppy’s vivid imagination these events are linked with the ice caps melting, unleashing ancient, long-frozen aurochs (depicted as boar-like rather than the ancestors of cattle). Despite attempts to rescue the community by government rescue workers, Hushpuppy, Wink and other Bathtub residents return to the Bathtub. With the aurochs coming and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.
The film won the Caméra d’Or award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festivalafter competing in the Un Certain Regard section. It also won the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered, and the Grand Jury Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival. The film went on to earn the Los Angeles Film Festival‘s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Seattle International Film Festival‘s Golden Space Needle Award for Best Director.