Director Debra Granik is no newcomer to the harshness of reality. Drawn to subjects with daunting conflicts, Granik’s work focuses on perhaps the grittier facets of life, but does so in a present, observational manner—not to mention starkly beautiful. Similar in title, Down to the Bone, her first feature length film, shares the parallel themes of human struggle and perseverance with her latest release Winter’s Bone. Down to the Bone garnered critical acclaim, winning Sundance’s Dramatic Directing Award and the Special Jury Prize for Vera Farmiga’s performance.
Fresh off the festival circuit—with the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Drama in tow—Winter’s Bone, directed by Debra Granik, will grace the Walker Cinema June 2nd. Based on Daniel Woodrell’s novel of the same name, the story is set in the Missouri Ozarks, but truly takes form in the main character Ree Dolly, through her travels and tribulations to save not only her home but also her family.
The Sundance Channel also put together a nice (and brief) video of Granik discussing Winter’s Bone:
Debra Granik’s work has previously screened in the Walker Cinema, in 1999 as a part of Women in the Director’s Chair with Snake Feed, as well as the premiere of Down to the Bone as a part the 2005 Women with Vision film festival.
Debra Granik will be at the Walker June 2nd to introduce Winter’s Bone and participate in a Q&A following the screening.