A conversation with “Beasts of the Southern Wild” director Benh Zeitlin

2/6/2013, 10:34 a.m.
Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”...

Were you surprised when you won at Sundance and Cannes? What was the feeling like?

It’s so surreal. We never imagined this would happen. We weren’t savvy about distribution companies. We finished the film two days before Sundance and I still wasn’t separated enough from the actual making of the film to have distance from it, and during Sundance it dawned on me that this film was really working.

What is about Louisiana that makes you want to tell stories about there?

I just love filming there. There’s just another culture down there. It kind of fits with how we live. We thrive down there.

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” returned to theaters on Jan. 18 and is currently playing at Landmark’s Kendall Square and Embassy in Waltham.

Coming Up…

The Boston Wine Expo returns the weekend of Feb.16-17 at the Seaport World Trade Center benefitting the Tufts Medical Center and other local charities. For more information visit www.WineExpoBoston.com.

On Feb. 19, the Paradise Rock Club presents Solange for one show at 8 p.m.

Talib Kweli comes to The Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

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