Previously at the ICA - Films
16 Nov 2012 – 27 Nov 2012
Winner of Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, and of the FIPRESCI prize (from international film critics) at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
On a delta in the Deep South, a community of misfits eke out an existence on a little island known as the Bathtub. Benh Zeitlin’s debut feature sees six-year-old Hushpuppy (Wallis) struggling to make sense of the world in the unpredictable care of her father Wink (Henry). An almost grudging survival instinct preoccupies this odd pair – at least when Wink isn’t off on a moonshine bender – with Hushpuppy constantly picking up the animals that share their lives. When a torrential storm washes over the Bathtub, engulfing houses as well as some of the residents, Hushpuppy’s feral sympathies conjure visions of melting ice caps, from which the long-extinct beasts of the film’s title re-emerge to reclaim the planet.