Leave No Trace
Director: Debra Granik Run Time: 109 min. Format: DCP Rating: PG Release Year: 2018
Starring: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard
Will and his teenage daughter, Tom, have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.
Despite numerous nominations (including a win for Best Director by the LA Film Critics Association) and wide acclaim including 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, Debra Granik’s brilliant third narrative feature Leave No Trace did not get one single Academy nomination.
Jane Campion, one of only five women filmmakers every nominated for a Best Director Oscar said it best: “Over the last 20 years, Debra has become one of the most important voices in American cinema. And her film Leave No Trace is certainly one of the most moving dramas of the year… I am delighted that Debra has been nominated for Best Director at the Spirit Awards and won Best Director from the LA Film Critics. This is far-sighted recognition…. I believe she should be part of the Best Director Oscar conversation.”