Poster, trailer for WINTER’S BONE.

Just a few months ago, WINTER’S BONE was a little known indy film hoping to make some noise at the Sundance Film Festival. Make noise it did as it walked away with the Grand Jury prize, as well as the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and signed a distribution deal with Roadside Attractions.

Deep in the Ozark Mountains, clans live by a code of conduct that no one dares defy—until an intrepid teenage girl has no other choice. When Ree Dolly’s crystal-meth-making father skips bail and goes missing, her family home is on the line. Unless she finds him, she and her young siblings and disabled mother face destitution. In a heroic quest, Ree traverses the county to confront her kin, break their silent collusion, and bring her father home.

With thrilling tension, Winter’s Bone depicts an archetypal rite of passage from adolescence to adulthood. Only this time, the young warrior is a girl. As our heroine braves immoveable obstacles, she redefines the notion of family loyalty and, in the process, discovers her own power. The spare precision of Debra 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.

WINTER’S BONE is based on the Daniel Woodrell novel and will be released in limited theaters on June 11th.

Check out the trailer: