Sundance: Ben Foster Drama 'Leave No Trace' Nabbed by Bleecker Street (Exclusive)
Debra Granik directs her first narrative feature since 2010's 'Winter's Bone,' which starred Jennifer Lawrence.
Bleecker Street has acquired the North American rights to the drama Leave No Trace.
The film stars Ben Foster as a father who has lived blissfully off the grid in a nature reserve outside Portland with his 13-year-old daughter. When a chance encounter blows their cover, they’re put into the charge of social services. They then set off on a perilous journey back to the wilderness and are forced to confront their simultaneous desires for community and solitude.
Debra Granik directs Leave No Trace — her first narrative feature since 2010's Winter's Bone — from a script she co-wrote with Anne Rosellini. Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Kober and Dale Dickey are also among the cast. The film debuted in the Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival.
The deal, which is said to be low seven figures, marks the second of the Sundance festival for Bleecker Street, which also acquired the Keira Knightley starrer Colette with 30WEST.
Earlier in the week, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions took all international rights to the drama, which has received rave reviews. The Hollywood Reporter's review called Leave No Trace "quietly wrenching" and said Granik "doesn’t approach her marginalized characters as objects of curiosity or comedy, derision or pity; she comes at them straight-on, with clear-eyed, unsentimental compassion."
Heading into the festival, the film was a hot commodity, given that Winter’s Bone garnered four Oscar nominations, including best picture.
BRON and Topic Studios were behind the new film, which was produced by Anne Harrison, Linda Reisman and Anne Rosellini.
Endeavor Content handled the deal.