Laureate of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Debra Granik’s film is a trip into the muddy Ozark hinterland where outsiders dare not venture. Impoverished shacks strewn about the forest, taciturn locals wearing dirty cheerless faces, and constantly barking dogs wander around abandoned rusting cars set the scene for Ree, a no-nonsense teenager, hunting her crank-cooking daddy after she learns he put up the family house as bail and gone missing. Her search takes her into a dark and heartless world that lives by (of all things) a local code of honor.
Granik skillfully uses genre elements of films on growing up, small-town cinema and noir with special emphasis on realism. What sometimes seems like a documentary of Ozark poverty is deprived of its rustic charm and offers no social activism. Instead, we get characters of flesh and bone, excellently composed shots with cool stormy hues, and edge-of-your-seat emotions, combining into an engaging film from the bowels of America.
Sundance FF 2010 – best picture, best screenplay, Berlin IFF 2010 – ‘Tagesspiegel’ reader’s prize, CICAE prize, Independent FF of Boston 2010 – special jury prize, audience award, San Francisco IFF 2010- audience award, Palm Beach IFF 2010 – best feature film, Seattle IFF 2010 – best director, best actress, Deauville American FF 2010 – jury prize
She attended the Graduate Film Program at NYU where she won awards for her short film, Snake Feed. She attended both the Writer’s and Director’s Lab at the Sundance Institute where she developed Snake Feed into a feature film script. Debra premiered her first feature film, Down to the Bone at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 where she won the Best Director Award. Down to the Bone went on to screen at film festivals worldwide and won the International Critics Prize at the Vienna Film Festival, among others. In 2009, she directed Winter’s Bone (the winner of Sundance Film Festival 2010) in the Missouri Ozarks.
1997 Snake Feed (kr. m. / short)
2004 Down to the Bone
2010 Do szpiku kości / Winter’s Bone