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“Winter's Bone,” Debra Granik's Sundance-winning adaption of Daniel Woodrell's novel of the same name, will open the Little Rock Film Festival, with Granik and actor and Fayetteville native Lauren Sweetser in attendance.
The festival will run June 2 through 6.
“Winter's Bone,” set in the meth-plagued Missouri Ozarks near the Arkansas border, centers on a 17-year-old girl who's trying to track down her father, who's forfeited his family's house by skipping bond. It's our odds-on favorite to win the new Oxford American-sponsored $10,000 Southern film award (really, we've made odds; check them out on Rock Candy).
Other buzz-y narrative features include an advance screening of “Get Him to the Greek,” starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill; the Michael Caine vigilante film “Harry Brown,” and the Sundance favorite “happythankyoumoreplease,” starring and directed by “How I Met Your Mother”s Josh Radnor.
Among the documentary highlights are “American: The Bill Hicks Story,” about the much-beloved comedian who died in Little Rock; “The Secret to a Happy Ending: A Documentary about the Drive-By Truckers,” and “Big River Man,” about a colorful Slovenian who swims the entire 3,300-mile length of the Amazon River.
Competitors of “Winter's Bone” for the Southern film award include Mario Van Peebles' “Black, White, and Blues,” Harmony Korine-protege Brent Stewart's “The Colonel's Bride” and “Racing Dreams,” about young go-cart racers.
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