As one of our favorite films of 2012 Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild stormed into theaters last summer and ripped our heart to pieces. Told through a poetic mixture of sight and sound, with magical realism and visceral emotion that flew off the screen like sparks flickering into the night, his film, adapted from Lucy Alibar’s play, earned the first time director an Academy Award nomination and a wealth of anxious anticipation for just what he would create next. And although there’s been little word from Zeitlin about his upcoming feature in recent months, for The New York Times’ wonderful piece on 20 Directors to Watch, he shared that his new film:
…is about a young girl who gets kidnapped onto a hidden ecosystem where a tribal war is raging over a form of pollen that breaks the relationship between aging and time. It follows a friendship-love story-adventure of her and a joyous, reckless, pleasure-mongering young boy as they swirl in and out of youth and as the ecosystem around them spirals toward destruction.
I really love collaboration more than anything, and I love other people’s creativity and the way that shapes and changes things. I never want to make a film that’s just what I imagine and then execute it; I want a process to change what it is I imagined and become something else through the creativity of all these other people. But I am a complete obsessive. I don’t like there to be any separation between my life and my art. Once it starts, I have to work on it all the time, every second until it’s finished, and so maybe I’ve enabled myself to be a part of everything from beginning to end.