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'Leave No Trace' Review: Father-Daughter Story Is Peerless Portrait of Broken America

'Leave No Trace' Review: Father-Daughter Story Is Peerless Portrait of Broken America
It's risky calling a movie a work of art – the phrase can make audiences think they'll be taking medicine, swallowing something good for them when they'd rather be gorging on multiplex junk food. But there's no better term to describe the urgency and unbridled emotion of Leave No Trace. You don't just watch it as much as you absorb it until the film's ebb and flow become a part of you.

Writer-director Debra Granik's previous two fiction films are stripped-down versions of survival dramas with women at the forefront:
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Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie star in trailer for Leave No Trace

Bleeker Street has debuted a new trailer and poster for writer-director Debra Granik’s acclaimed drama Leave No Trace. Based on Peter Rock’s novel My Abandonment, the film stars Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey, Isaiah Stone, Dana Millican, and Ayanna Berkshire; take a look here…

Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.

Leave No Trace is set for release on June 29th.

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Official Trailer for Indie 'Leave No Trace' from Director Debra Granik

"We didn't need to be rescued." Bleecker Street has released the first trailer for Leave No Trace, the new film from Debra Granik (Winter's Bone), which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to some rave reviews. Leave No Trace is a story about a father and daughter, living off the grid entirely in the forests of Portland, Oregon. It's a bit similar to Captain Fantastic from a few years ago, but a much more intimate and personal story of this father and his daughter. Ben Foster stars along with newcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, who is indeed a revelation. The full cast also includes Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey, Isaiah Stone, Dana Millican, and Ayanna Berkshire. This is also heading to the Cannes Film Festival next, and is one of the better films coming out of Sundance this year. Make sure it's on your radar. Here's the first
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‘Leave No Trace’ Is A Rock-Solid Coming-of-Age Story from ‘Winter’s Bone’ Director Debra Granik — Sundance 2018 Review

‘Leave No Trace’ Is A Rock-Solid Coming-of-Age Story from ‘Winter’s Bone’ Director Debra Granik — Sundance 2018 Review
Debra Granik is drawn to stories about survivors — stories about people who don’t fit into the one that America likes to tell itself, but are no less valuable for that. They live in the margins, far removed from the capitalistic power of what Ken Kesey once called the Combine. Some of them, like the destitute 17-year-old Jennifer Lawrence played in “Winter’s Bone,” were simply born there. Others, like the tender but troubled Vietnam vet at the heart of Granik’s 2014 documentary “Stray Dog,” have been too close to the big machine, and can’t stomach the idea of going anywhere near it again.

The terse and wary father in Granik’s latest film most definitely falls into the latter category. In fact, that’s all we really know about him. A man as humble and inscrutably compassionate as the movie around him, Will (Ben Foster) doesn’t like
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‘American Honey’ Stars Dish on Their Laid-Back Shoot (Exclusive Video)

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‘American Honey’ Stars Dish on Their Laid-Back Shoot (Exclusive Video)
For the four young leads in Andrea Arnold‘s “American Honey,” a coming-of-age road trip film, shooting the movie felt a lot more like hanging out with friends than it did like work. “Fun doesn’t even describe it,” Isaiah Stone, who plays Valium, told TheWrap during the Toronto International Film Festival. Sasha Lane, who plays Star, the movie’s teenage protagonist, was recruited for “American Honey” when she was just relaxing on a beach in Florida, not as part of a formal casting call. Arnold approached Lane after observing her for a bit, and she ended up in the lead role.
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Winter’s Bone Front-Runner at Film Independent Spirit Award 2011

“If you had a fleeting chance to escape a life of drudgery and poverty, of living hand-to-mouth in a closeknit rural community, would you take it?”

That’s exactly the thing with Winter’s Bone, an adaptation of Daniel Woodrell‘s 2006 novel of the same name.

The film was written and directed by Debra Granik, and stars lovely Jennifer Lawrence.

Winter’s Bone stars Lawrence as an Ozark teen named Ree Dolly, the sole guardian to her younger siblings, who is forced to search for her missing father in order to save her family’s home.

One of the people she goes to is Uncle Teardrop, played by John Hawkes, an intimidating relative who may have the answer to her father’s whereabouts.

“I think she was strong and stubborn and determined and she had a heart that was almost too big for her,” Lawrence said, describing her character, and
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Winter's Bone, Jennifer Lawrence, George Pistereanu: Stockholm Film Festival 2010 Winners

Ashlee Thompson, Jennifer Lawrence, Isaiah Stone, Winter's Bone Debra Granik's drama Winter's Bone was chosen as the Best Film at the 2010 Stockholm International Film Festival, which wrapped up last Nov. 28. In the last week or so, Winter's Bone also topped the Gotham Awards and earned a slew of Spirit Award nominations. The film's star, Jennifer Lawrence, was Stockholm's Best Actress, while the film itself also received the International Film Critics' (Fipresci) prize. The Best Actor was George Pistereanu for Romania's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar entry, If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle. The 2010 edition of the Stockholm Film Festival was attended by 130,000 moviegoers who, according to the festival's press release, gave a standing ovation to Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Harriet Andersson (the star of Ingmar Bergman's Through a Glass Darkly), got to watch Gus Van Sant and Stellan Skarsgård slap each other "open heartedly at the Skandia
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Oscar Prospects for 'Winter's Bone' Heat Up With Gotham Awards Best Feature Win

Jennifer Lawrence and Isaiah Stone in Winter's Bone

Photo: Roadside Attractions The 20th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were held Monday night and Debra Granik's Winter's Bone is opening some eyes as it took home Best Feature and Best Ensemble Performance, two of the three categories the night's leading nominee was featured in.

The one category Winter's Bone didn't hear its name called was Breakthrough Actor as sure-to-be-nominated-for-an-Oscar Jennifer Lawrence looked on as Ronald Bronstein took home the award for his role in Daddy Longlegs.

Breakthrough Actor award or not, Lawrence will still get a Best Actres Oscar nomination and Winter's Bone is now looking like a much stronger contender for a Best Picture nomination. Granik's Ozark woods feature beat out Black Swan, Blue Valentine, The Kids are All Right and Let Me In to take home Best Feature, an award last year's Oscar Best Picture winner, The Hurt Locker,
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Movie Review: Winter's Bone (2010)

Jennifer Lawrence and Isaiah Stone in Winter's Bone

Photo: Roadside Attractions Debra Granik's Winter's Bone is the thoroughly engaging story of Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence), a 17-year-old girl forced to track down her meth-cooking father as he's put their rundown house in the Ozark woods up for his bail bond and disappeared. If he doesn't show up for his court date, the house is lost and Ree, her two younger siblings and invalid mother will be forced to live among the wolves. As simple as that description may seem, the cast of characters that make up this film turn it into something you'd never immediately suspect.

Ree's primal instinct for survival and the protection of her family beats at this film's core. As the story progresses your concern grows with every encounter Ree has with a crew of backwoods miscreants you'd just as much prefer never know exist and
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New Trailer, Poster and Pictures from Sundance Hit 'Winter's Bone'

Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone

Photo: Roadside Attractions Winter's Bone was acquired by Roadside Attractions out of Sundance and has been set for a June 11 release and today the official site has released a first look at the poster (which you see to the right), the New York Times debuted the trailer (which is at the bottom of this article) and Roadside has delivered 12 new images from the film.

Directed by Debra Granik, marking her second feature film, Winter's Bone is an adaptation of Daniel Woodrell's novel centering on 17 year-old Ree Dolly, played by Jennifer Lawrence whom anyone who saw last year's The Burning Plain will remember as Kim Basinger's teenaged daughter. Ree sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging
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Indie film focus - Roadside Attractions' 'Princess Kaiulani' and 'Winter's Bone' images added.

In indie film, we have new images from two Roadside Attractions releases. First up - Winter's Bone debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival and is helmed by Debra Ganik who adapts alongside Anne Rosellini based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell. The film won two awards at Sundance - The Grand Jury Prize (dramatic) as well as the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Lauren Sweetser, Kevin Breznahan, Isaiah Stone and Shelley Waggener. It's a limited release June 11, 2010, but definitely worth viewing. Make sure you read our review (5/5). Next up, there are three new images in from "Princess Kaiulani" starring Q'orianka Kilcher, Barry Pepper, Will Patton, Shaun Evans and Jimmy Yuill. The Marc Forby-helmed and written drama opens May 14th in limited areas...
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Preliminary 2011 Oscar Contenders: Part Four

Wow, we made it, and to think this is just the early round of Oscar consideration. By the time we hit the November time frame this list of 87 total films will most likely be whittled down to what I assume will be about 30 or so titles of actual contenders. The real question is just how many from this preliminary list will be left standing once we get to that point? 20? 15? Less?

No matter, this is all for fun anyway as well as taking a moment to introduce you to a few films you may not have known were coming out this year. After all, isn't it better to be "in the know" so you can impress your friends?

In today's fourth and final installment we have the final 13 individual films to make my preliminary list followed by the ten films I can currently see as Animated Feature Film contenders as
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Eleven

One month, 280 films and 70,000 words later, my guide to the films of 2010 is now complete. I hope you've enjoyed reading it all - it's been utterly exhausting but an ultimately rewarding venture I've been single-handedly pulling together since early December. If you have liked it, my only request is that you help spread the word about it now that it's all done.

If you're a fellow blogger or site owner, please give it a plug on your site. If you're a reader, give it a mention on Facebook, Twitter or other online places you might venture. A lot of effort went into this, the greatest reward so far has been seeing it talked about and hearing your reactions. I'm glad many of you have gotten a lot of use out of the previous pages, so I hope you enjoy this final part:


Opens: 2010

Cast: Filippo Timi, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Corrado Invernizzi,
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2010 Sundance Film Festival Line-up Unveiled

Photo: Sundance Today the Sundance Institute announced the films that will be in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in both the U.S. and International dramatic and documentary categories. The festival will run from January 21-31 in Park City, Utah. There are a few changes this year as there will be no opening-night picture and the festival will take select festival films to eight cities during as the fest plays out.

Last year notable films such as this year's major Oscar contenders Precious and An Education debuted at Sundance 2009 as did audience and critical favorite (500) Days of Summer.

As for this year's crop I have highlighted a few titles among the list below in red, but I have primarily done so considering the names attached to the pictures not necessarily based on any advanced buzz I've heard around any of the films. Names to look out for include Ryan Gosling,
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