“The Bathtub,” the grittily colorful Bayou region in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” may seem like a difficult and impoverished place. After all, director Benh Zeitlin based it on towns outside the Louisiana levee system that have been destroyed and rebuilt dozens of times and lack what might be considered a conventional quality of life.
But Zeitlin says that he views the Bathtub -- and the real-life towns that inspired it -- as something very different.
“There’s this kind of joyous spirit that's still intact and this culture that’s still intact,” he told the audience at the Times’ Envelope Screening Series earlier this week.
“There’s no financial system in that place," he said, "and even though they don’t have technology, there’s an unbelievable abundance of food.... There’s riches that aren’t material."