Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company will re-release director Benh Zeitlins Academy-Award nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild in select cities for a special return engagement on Friday, January 18.
The film is set in a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee where a six-year-old girl Hushpuppy (Best Actress Nominee Quvenzhane Wallis) 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.
Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director, the films return to theatres marks the one-year anniversary of its triumphant debut in Park City, UT at last years Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and Excellence in Cinematography Award.
We are thrilled to bring this special film back to theaters a year after it debuted to standing ovations in Park City. With the Academy Award nominations, we hope Benhs sublime vision can continue to win over audiences as it has around the globe for the last year, said Utley and Gilula.
The film will open in markets including Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, Miami and Washington, DC in addition to New York City and Los Angeles, where it returns to Manhattans Sunshine and Lincoln Plaza theaters and Los Angeles Landmark 12 in Westwood.