In 2004, Sundance crowds discovered Vera Farmiga in Granik's Down to the Bone, which won two prizes. This film features a break-out performance from 19-year-old Jennifer Lawrence (The Burning Plain, Jodie Foster's upcoming The Beaver) as a hardy teen struggling to keep her family afloat after the disappearance of her meth-dealer father. John Hawkes (Deadwood) also shines as her uncle, along with a cast of local performers. The film will also screen in Berlin. "Debra Granik has crafted a classic detective story, a nail-biting thriller and an unbelievably touching family drama, all in one film,” stated Dustin Smith, Roadside's acquisition and business affairs exec.
The distrib plans a summer release with ancillary back-up from parent Lionsgate. Sony Pictures Classics considered buying the film, along with Apparition and Samuel Goldwyn Films. Winter's Bone averaged a B+ from indieWIRE’s criticWIRE survey.