QUVENZHANE CAPTIVATES AT CANNES
Eight-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis may not be the most seasoned of all of the actors at Cannes Film Festival, but her charismatic performance in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” has critics predicting her nomination for the best actress at the festival.
In the film, the first-time actress plays Hushpuppy, a young girl learning to survive and take care of her ill father in the midst of a terrible storm. The director, also a first-timer, won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance and has left the French at the Cannes in awe.
Dwight Henry, who plays Hushpuppy’s father in the film, had this to say about his pint-sized co-star:
“That girl has an aura about herself. She’s always happy and laughing. She’s always making other people happy. You cannot help but to love her when you meet her. And she’s very smart,” he added. “She’s the perfect package of a lot of good things.”
Although the young actress is in the middle of the spotlight, she is still just a kid having fun. She said, “I like it when people take pictures of me. I like the lights.”
Quvenzhane’s natural ability to captivate her audience and glowing personality will keep her rising to the top.
Check out more pictures of Quvenzhane with director Benh Zeitlin and actor Dwight Henry at the ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ photocall during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2012 in Cannes, France