Deep in the Ozark Mountains, clans live by an almost medieval code of conduct that no one dares defy—until an intrepid teenage girl has no other choice. When Rhee Jessup’s crystal-meth-making father skips bail and goes missing, her family home is on the line. Unless she finds him, she and her young siblings and disabled mother face destitution. In a heroic quest, Rhee traverses the county to confront her kin, break their silent collusion, and bring her father home.
With thrilling tension, Winter’s Bone depicts an archetypal rite of passage. Only this time, the young warrior is a girl. As our heroine braves a nearly impossible task, she redefines the notion of fealty and, in the process, redefines herself, too. The spare precision of Debra Granik’s direction is effortlessly profound. Stunningly genuine performances and exquisite visual details capture the textures and rhythms of a world where the mythic and the naturalistic intermingle. —Sundance Film Festival
Debra Granik (born the 6th of February, 1963) is an American independent filmmaker. She has won a series of awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including Best Short in 1998 for Snake Feed (her first film, made while a student at New York University), the Dramatic Directing Award in 2004 for her first feature-length film, Down to the Bone (a tale of addiction she co-scripted with Richard Lieske), and the Grand Jury Prize for Drama in 2010 and Prix du jury at Deauville American Film Festival 2010 for her second feature, Winter’s Bone.
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Granik grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University in 1985, where she majored in politics. She later earned an MFA from the graduate film program at New York University (Tisch School of the Arts). Granik is the granddaughter of broadcast pioneer Theodore Granik (1907–1970), founder-moderator of radio-TV’s long-run panel discussion program, The American Forum of the Air… read more
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