Another Sundance sale: 'Beast of the Southern Wild'
Published: January 24, 2012 05:48PM
Updated: January 25, 2012 02:44PM
Newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis, in a scene from director Benh Zeitlin's drama "Beasts of the Southern Wild." (Courtesy Sundance Institute)

Fox Searchlight announced it had purchased U.S. distribution rights to "Beasts of the Southern Wild," director Benh Zeitlin's debut film, a mystical, folkloric tale about a 6-year-old girl, Hushpuppy, who lives with her tough-love father, Wink, in a forgotten Southern bayou community.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, most of the major indie film distributors were in a bidding war for "Beasts." In a statement announcing the sale, Fox Searchlight officials called the film "visually stunning and deeply poetic," while praising the performances of newcomer Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry. The company plans to release the film later this year.

—Ellen Fagg Weist