The Sedona International Film Festival presents the exclusive Northern Arizona premiere of the award-winning thriller “Winter’s Bone” on Tuesday, Oct. 19. There will be two screenings of the film at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres and is part of the festival’s Tuesday “Best of Fest” Cinema Series.
Winner of more than 20 international awards in prestigious film festivals around the world, “Winter’s Bone” has been garnered the attention of critics and audiences around the world and quickly has catapulted to the best-reviewed, highest rated film of the season. USA Today raves “Four Stars! A riveting thriller” and says that Jennifer Lawrence, the film’s star, deserves an Oscar nomination. Entertainment Weekly calls the film “Grade A! One of the most true-blooded epics of Americana you’re ever likely to see.” The Wall Street Journal touts the film as “Spectacular! A classic.”
Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade, but anywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people’s business. She refuses to listen.
Ree pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed. Challenging her outlaw kin’s code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth.
Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell, “Winter’s Bone” is directed by Debra Granik and adapted for the screen by Granik and Anne Rosellini. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Kevin Breznahan, Dale Dickey, Garret Dillahunt, Sheryl Lee and Tate Taylor.
“I read ‘Winter’s Bone’ in one sitting. I had not done that with any book in a long time. I wanted to see how this girl, Ree, was going to survive,” said director Debra Granik. “It felt like an old fashioned type of tale, with a character I couldn’t help but root for, and with an atmosphere my mind was actively trying to conjure.”
“Ree is focused on her commitment to see her brother and sister through their childhoods. She is willing to fight to keep her family from falling apart. I see her as a lioness trying to protect her pride. She is also a teenager who experiences helpless feelings when adults around her make deadly choices, and are drawn down into a way of life that destroys them,” added Granik.
“Like many a movie hero, Ree must struggle. We don’t get to see much of her teenage side. Throughout the story she is single-minded in what she needs to do. The search for her father is all-consuming. In this heightened context, we see that Ree does not take “no” for an answer. In matters of justice, I love characters who don’t take no. I want to know how they get that resolve. We may not know what fuels Ree, but we want to witness a girl who shows this much strength of character.”
“ ‘Winter’s Bone’ is what we’ve been waiting for: a haunting film that grabs hold and won’t let go,” raves the New Yorker. “Suspenseful, surprising and subtle with as memorable and vivid a heroine as you are likely to see,” says The New York Times.
The Associated Press calls “Winter’s Bone” a masterpiece, and New York Magazine calls the film “Incredibly powerful! The year’s most stirring film.” The film is rated R and has a runtime of 100 minutes.
The title sponsor for this event is Art for Sedona’s Sake. The series is made possible by a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Sedona, and the Sedona Community Foundation.
“Winter’s Bone” will be shown at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members, and will be available starting at 3:00 p.m. that day in the Harkins lobby. Cash or checks only. Film Sedona members can purchase tickets in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office, 1785 W. Hwy. 89A, Suite 2B, or by calling 928.282.1177. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.com.