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#Sundance: Roadside Buys Winter's Bone

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 31, 2010 at 1:45AM

Roadside Attractions has acquired Debra Granik's tough Ozark mystery thriller Winter's Bone, which she adapted with Anne Roselini from the novel by Daniel Woodrell. "It's a well-written, tight, well-spun American story," Granik said after the film.
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Roadside Attractions has acquired Debra Granik's tough Ozark mystery thriller Winter's Bone, which she adapted with Anne Roselini from the novel by Daniel Woodrell. "It's a well-written, tight, well-spun American story," Granik said after the film.

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.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.