Winter’s Bone. 2009. USA. Directed by Debra Granik

The Department of Film presents a preview of the masterful, moving new American independent feature Winter’s Bone, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Drama at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The story of a determined young woman, already the caregiver for her mother and two younger siblings, who must locate her father in order to save the family home, Winter’s Bone portrays an Ozark rural community where silence runs deep, and blood even deeper. The local industry is crystal meth, and tribal allegiances demand that strong women run interference between the law and their clan. The compelling—and often surprising—action plays out against the harsh beauty of the Ozark landscape and the poignancy of mountain ballads and plaintive fiddle music. Marked by extraordinary performances and Granik’s pitch-perfect direction, Winter’s Bone packs countless emotional upheavals into a journey across only a few hardscrabble miles.

Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film.