Friday, April 27

Special Events ArchiveIndependent Film Festival Boston 2018

Leave No Trace

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New England Premiere

Expected to be in attendance: Director Debra Granik, in conversation with Erin Trahan, from WBUR’s The ARTery

Genre: Narrative Feature
Runtime: 108 minutes
Director: Debra Granik

For years, Will (Ben Foster, HELL AND HIGH WATER) and his teenage daughter, Tom (newcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid, blissfully undetected by authorities in a vast nature reserve on the edge of Portland, Oregon. When a chance encounter blows their cover, they’re removed from their camp and put into the charge of social services. Struggling to adapt to their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a perilous journey back to the wilderness, where they are finally forced to confront their conflicting desires—a longing for community versus a fierce need to live apart.

Writer-director Debra Granik caught the attention of critics everywhere with her 2010 film WINTER’S BONE (IFFBoston 2010), starring a then-unknown Jennifer Lawrence. With LEAVE NO TRACE, Granik again proves that she is an extraordinary filmmaker with a singular knack for cultivating new talent: alongside the exceptional Foster, McKenzie is radiant as Tom, a girl coming of age in atypical circumstances.

—Sundance Film Festival guide