Winter's Bone

Debra Granik, USA 2010, 100’
The Pretenders ​Moonlight

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.

Grzegorz Kurek


Sundance FF 2010 – Best Picture, Screenplay; Berlin IFF 2010 - CICAE Prize; Independent FF of Boston 2010 – Special Jury Prize, Audience Award; San Francisco IFF 2010 - Audience Award; Seattle IFF 2010 – Best Director, Actress; Deauville American FF 2010 – Jury Prize; American Film Festival Wroclaw 2010 - Best Film (Spectrum)

Debra Granik

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1963, Debra Granik is an American screenwriter, director and cinematographer. She won the award for best director at the Sundance Festival for her 2004 full-length debut,  Down to the Bone. Her next film,  Winter's Bone, won the main prize at Sundance and also won the Spectrum competition at the first edition of the American Film Festival.

Selected filmography

1997 Snake Feed (short)

2004 Aż do kości / Down to the Bone

2010 Do szpiku kości / Winter’s Bone

2014 Stray Dog (doc.)

2018 Zatrzyj ślady / Leave No Trace 

Cast & Crew

director Debra Granik
screenplay Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini
cinematography Michael McDonough
editing Affonso Gonçalves
music Dickon Hinchliffe
cast Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey, Kevin Breznahan, Lauren Sweetser
producer Alix Madigan, Anne Rosellini
production Anonymous Content, Winter’s Bone Productions
sales Anne Rosellini/Vivarto
language English
coloration colour
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