It's been a long time comin'

Back in 2010 I wrote:

"Debra Granik’s second feature film, “Winter’s Bone”, is the kind of movie that gets progressively better as you delve deeper and deeper into it. It is filled with humane, authentic characterizations of a society that is rooted in evil and people who have lost all hope in life and succumbed to morally wrong choices. There are memorable scenes that linger (the gutting of a squirrel, the taking of a girl, a final ambiguous mumbling sentence) a sense of dread that might turn the most primitive of moviegoers off. It is through and through a product of American Independent cinema and we should never forget its important existence. Then newcomer Jennifer Lawrence, delved deeply into her role and created something memorable and real. It was an absolutely spellbinding lead performance that brought subtlety to her role as a teenage girl desperately looking for her – quite possibly dead – father in the wild Ozarks of Missouri."

Its been 7 years since Granik's film made its festival debut. Since then, we've gotten a skimp documentary from her and nothing else. She really picked the wrong time to become a filmmaker with opportunities growing slim to none for maverick filmmakers in the industry. 

The Hollywood Reporter has Granik returning behind the camera for her sophomore effort
entitled "My Abandonment" and we couldn't be happier to hear the news. "Winter's Bone" proved her to be a unique talent with an important, female voice in a spectrum largely dominated by men. 

"Hell or High Water actor Ben Foster will star in My Abandonment, to be helmed by Winter's Bonedirector Debra Granik. Granik and Anne Rosellini wrote the script based on Peter Rock’s novel of the same name. The film tells the story of 13-year-old Caroline (McKenzie) and her father, Will (Foster), who are found living in Forest Park, a temperate rainforest abutting Portland, Ore. When authorities pluck them from their hidden world, where they lived peacefully and practically, Caroline and Will must embark on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own."