Young Actor Has Survivor’s Spirit In ‘beasts Of The Southern Wild’

There are two forces of nature in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” writer-director Benh Zeitlin’s debut feature. One is the fictionalized hurricane that swamps the phantasmagorical Louisiana bayou the movie calls “the Bathtub.” The other is Quvenzhane Wallis, the 6-year-old who plays the protagonist, a girl known as Hushpuppy.
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