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Audience reaction is not always the best gauge of a film’s performance at a festival. Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America was a crowd favorite at Deauville, though the comedian would walk away empty-handed when awards were distributed on Saturday night. But buzz can also predict gold. Benh Zeitlin’s debut feature, Beasts of the Southern Wild, packed Deauville houses twice and racked up praise from fellow entrants and jury members during pre-ceremony red carpet chat. So when the $1.8 million indie won both the Cartier Revelation Award and the festival’s Grand Prize, no one except Zeitlin was terribly

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