In the heart of the Missouri Ozarks, a teenage girl embarks on a quest to find her meth-making father and save her home and family. “The spare precision of Granik’s direction is effortlessly profound. Stunningly genuine performances and exquisite visual details capture the textures and rhythms of a world where the mythic and the naturalistic intermingle” (Sundance Film Festival). 2010, 35mm, 100 minutes. A Q&A with the director follows the screening.
Driven by a fascination with people’s daunting conflicts, director Debra Granik weaves together stories of those who are on the precipice. A graduate of New York University’s film program, Granik began her career making workplace safety videos and grew to develop films that focused on characters’ habits and desires. Her craft, which includes elements of a documentary process, has earned her two major Sundance Film Festival accolades: the Dramatic Directing Award for her first feature, and the Grand Jury Prize for Drama for her second. She comes to the Walker to present this new film.