A Salute to Debra Granik

Presented by The Boston Society of Film Critics

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Brattle is excited to team up with the Boston Society of Film Critics for a ‘career-so-far’ tribute to Cambridge-born filmmaker Debra Granik. This acclaimed director (along with her creative partner Anne Rosellini) has become, over the course of three features and one documentary (all presented here), one of the most exciting and respected independent filmmakers working today. With an impeccable eye for talent and a heartfelt humanist touch, Granik weaves tales of lost or overlooked Americans; citizens who sometimes appear to be refugees in their own country. Granik will be on hand for Q&A’s throughout the weekend and has selected a handful of features by others that have influenced her in some way.

Here’s what she has to say about her selections: “I am excited to hunker down at the Brattle for a feast of Americana, mixed with a few movies from afar. Why are we returning to these films? The lyrical realism that they exemplify is alive and well today, but often it gets buried by our culture’s behemoth commercial side. I come to the theater searching for visual notes and observations and patterns that help me understand the enormous emotional and psychic challenges of living in a mass consumer society. In every decade, movies have been a tool to help us decipher and distill how we got here, what we need. Somehow it soothes me, re-kindles my curiosity and compassion, and makes me feel not so all alone with the havoc and incomprehensibilities. These are a few of the films that, for me, can point a way forward in those times when hope can seem hard to find.”

Down to the Bone


Winter’s Bone


The Other Side of Hope

Heroes for Sale

Stray Dog

Leave No Trace