The best part about being banned from Sundance is that even us writers on the site who never went to Sundance get to use it as an opening hook for anything that even tangentially has to do with the film festival. It’s like we’re one of those towns who has only two things going for it: having the world’s largest thermometer and a plaque outside the Motel 6 that says “Dustin Hoffman Once Stayed Here Three Days When He Got the Flu on His Way to Las Vegas.” And then anytime anyone mention Hoffman, anyone from the town has to say “you know Dustin Hoffman stayed in the Motel 6 next to where I grew up once back in the seventies.”
Oh, this film’s getting huge press at Sundance, speaking of that, did you know that we got banned from Sundance?
In any case, here’s the trailer for Beasts of the Southern Wild, which is getting essentially unanimous praise from everyone who has been within a hundred miles of Sundance, along with a wider release by Fox in June:
And here’s the plot 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.
Well, the trailer definitely is original, but in my entirely jaded state of ennui, draws little more than a spiritual “meh.” Some films don’t translate into trailer form very well, and this might be one of them. Or everyone is wrong, which is at least as plausible.