Competition Narrative Features
DIRECTED BY DEBRA GRANIK
EAST COAST PREMIERE
Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature
Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly, too young to escape the Ozarks by joining the army, cares for her younger siblings and mentally ill mother after her crystal meth-cooking father, Jessup, disappears. Recently arrested on drug charges, Jessup bonded out of jail by using the family home as collateral, but with a court date set in one week’s time and Jessup nowhere in sight, Ree has to find him—dead or alive—or the house will be repossessed. In an adaptation of the acclaimed Daniel Woodrell novel, director Debra Granik (Down to the Bone, FFF 2004 Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature) brings to the screen all the ingredients of a classic tale with thrilling tension, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and a reluctant hero. Up-and-comer Jennifer Lawrence (The Burning Plain, FFF 2009) plays the hero with a quiet ferocity while Granik depicts the landscape, people, and dialects with stunning realism. WINTER’S BONE, winner of both the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, is a compelling testament to how people can survive in the worst of circumstances.