Last year’s indie hit Beasts of the Southern Wild put director Benh Zeitlin on the map due the film’s original storytelling and imaginative low budget filmmaking approach. The film even received some considerable Oscar attention earlier this year. It earned a Best Picture nomination along with nominations for Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director. Details have been very minimal on the director’s next project until just recently. In a New York Times profile of twenty filmmakers to watch, Zeitlin gave details about his next original project.
“The 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. We’re working on it all day every day, but as all psychotic adventures go, you know where your destination is but not how long it’s going to take to get there.”
The last sentence tells us that the project may be ways away from becoming a reality but nonetheless it seems largely ambitious and strange. While I wasn’t as dazzled by Beasts of the Southern Wild as others were, I definitely noticed Zeitlin’s original approach to filmmaking and storytelling. I’m looking forward to see how he executes this idea. What are your thoughts?