Monday, 17 September, 2012
The UT Cinema Studies Program and the UT Cinema Club are pleased to announce a showing of Winter's Bone, a 2010 film directed and co-written by Debra Granik and adapted from a 2006 novel by Daniel Woodrell. The screening will take place on Monday, September 17 at 7 p.m. in Hodges Library Auditorium.
Dale Dickey, a UT grad currently starring in the Clarence Brown Theater production of Sweeney Todd, won an Independent Spirit Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in Winter's Bone. Dickey has generously agreed to attend the performance and answer questions following the screening. (Dickey has also recently appeared in the HBO series True Blood and has many credits in film, television, and the theater.)
The film is set in a world of rural poverty in the Missouri Ozarks and stars Jennifer Lawrence in her breakthrough role: she plays Ree, a 17-year-old who cares for her younger brother and sister and her mentally ill mother. Her father's whereabouts are unknown: he's on bail after being arrested for cooking meth. If Ree can't deliver her father to his court hearing or prove to the authorities that he's been killed, his bail will be forfeited and Ree's family will lose their home. In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote of the film, "Granik handles this volatile, borderline horrific material with unblinking ferocity and feeling.... In Lawrence, Granik has found just the right young actress to inhabit Ree. Her performance is more than acting, it's a gathering storm." The film won many awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for a Dramatic Film and Best Screenplay Award at Sundance and the Best Feature and Best Ensemble Performance Awards at the 2010 Gotham Awards
You're welcome to join us for this free screening and discussion of one of the most powerful independent films in recent years.