Will (Ben Foster) and his daughter, Tom (the surprising young actress Thomasin McKenzie) live austerely in the middle of the forest, almost like animals, providing for themselves day after day. Living off the grid, they practice camouflage techniques from time to time to avoid being discovered. We do not know who they are hiding from, nor why. However, the pair seem happy and have a close father-daughter emotional relationship. Everything changes the day they are caught. Their adaptation to a normal way of life will be a constant fight which will put their relationship to the test. Their priorities and love for another will have to endure this difficult challenge.
Shot in the beautiful natural landscapes of Oregon, Leave No Trace is director Debra Granik’s newest film. The filmmaker had her breakthrough in 2010 with the powerful thriller, Winter’s Bone. With Anne Rosellini, Granik adapted Peter Rock’s novel My Abandonment into a minimalist story following the great indie cinema canons. Leave No Trace is full of small details and emotions, which manifest themselves through each gesture, look and movement of the protagonists. Honoured at various festivals and nominated as one of the best films of the year by the prestigious New York Film Critics and the National Board of Review, Leave No Trace will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of this edition of Americana.
2018: National Board of Review (NBR): Top Ten Independent Films, Breakthrough Performance
2018: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Supporting Female (McKenzie)
2018: Gotham Awards: Nominated for Best Actor (Foster) and Breakthrough Actor (McKenzie)
Runtime: 108 min
Direction: Debra Granik
Screenplay: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini
Cinematography: Michael McDonough
OST: Dickon Hinchliffe
Cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Jeff Kober
Subtitles: Carlos Ulecia