New Orleans' Beasts of the Southern Wild earns standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival today

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According to multiple first-hand reports coming out of the Cannes Film Festival in France, New Orleans director Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild received a rare and lengthy standing ovation after it's official screening at the Festival this morning. The film, which won the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, is part of the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, which was established in 1998 to recognize young talent and encourage daring new works. Winners of the Prize Un Certain Regard receive a large grant to aid with distribution of a winning film in France. More on this extraordinary film soon.

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