2018 TAORMINA Best Screenplay
2018 BOSTON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL Grand Jury Prize
Eight years after directing Winter’s Bone which introduced Jennifer Lawrence, Debra Granik employs a similar neo-realist approach in her latest feature. Leave No Trace is adapted to screen from Peter Rock’s Northwest novel My Abandonment, which tells the story of an army veteran father suffering from PTSD, and his daughter and their survivalist existence in the rural outskirts of Portland, Oregon. Living apart from society and noise by finding solace in nature, the duo will need to adapt to or confront the modern urban mechanisms when they are forcefully brought to the city. Affectionate and impressive as it tackles issues such as nature, city, family, and modern life, Leave No Trace was written after conducting interviews with traumatised war veterans and inspires from the writings of naturist-philosopher Henry David Thereau and Shakespeare’s The Tempest.