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Watch Benh Zeitlin’s “Glory At Sea” (A Short Precursor To “Beasts Of The Southern Wild”)

Watch Benh Zeitlin's "Glory At Sea" (A Short Precursor To "Beasts Of The Southern Wild")

I just came across this 25-minute short film from Benh Zeitlin, whose feature film debut, and one of the best films I saw at the Sundance Film Festival this year, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, has been one of THE most talked about films so far this year; and rightfully so.

Read my review of it HERE if you missed it.

The short film, made in 2008, on an estimated $100,000 budget, is titled Glory At Sea, and carries many of the same artistic flourishes his feature debut has.

And I’ll just say that, if you watch Glory At Sea, and you like it, then you’ll definitely also like Beasts Of The Southern Wild; and if you don’t care for the short, then, well, you likely won’t care for the feature film either. 

Glory tells the story of an entire village that builds its own raft in order to escape a Louisiana that’s been shattered by Hurricane Katrina. It’s also against a similar backdrop that that the story in Beasts Of The Southern Wild unfolds.

Fox Searchlight will release Beasts for a limited bow on June 292012; although before then, however, it’ll screen at the Cannes Film Festival this week, if it hasn’t already, and then the Los Angeles Film Festival in June.

Watch Glory At Sea below:

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Lysandwr Blaidd

You and I interpreted this film very differently…it was far more fable-like to me (tears leaking out of my eyes the whole time, though.) Which is fine. And I do think the less one knows about it before watching, the better. Conclusion: Benh Zeitlin's work has its greatest impact when absorbed straight from the source, with details revealed in the time, place, and manner the storyteller intended.


Mr Zeitlin is a poet of imagery…brilliant.


yeah i like Glory at Sea. The ending made me sad. Can't wait for Beasts…


Looking forward to this and to BEASTS come thru to NYC. Pissed that I missed this at the ND/NF's surprise closing ceremony. FYI to all, the Cannes website has this link, with an earlier short:

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