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Leave No Trace

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Debra Granik / Feature Narrative / United States of America / 2018 / 109 min / Colour / DCP / In English / Arabic subtitles / Qatar Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


A father and daughter live an isolated and reclusive life in Forest Park, an idyllic nature reserve near Portland, Oregon. The pair only makes contact with the outside world when they need to. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, their bucolic life is shattered, and both are put into social services. Unable to adapt to their new surroundings, they set off on a harrowing journey back to the only place they know as home.

'Leave No Trace' is the latest haunting film from Academy Award-nominated director Debra Granik (Winter's Bone), starring Ben Foster (The Messenger, Hell or High Water), and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies). Based on the novel 'My Abandonment' by Peter Rock, the film is a deeply intelligent and affecting story of love and survival in the wild, a mesmerising exploration of an unexpected existence on the edge.

About the Director

Debra Granik is the director and co-writer of 'Winter’s Bone', which was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture. Granik and co-writer Anne Rosellini were also Oscar-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Her first film, 'Down To The Bone' won Granik the Best Director prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. In 2015, Granik completed 'Stray Dog', a feature documentary, which aired on Independent Lens and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.


Debra Granik
Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini
Anne Harrison, Linda Reisman, Anne Rosellini
Jane Rizzo
Dickon Hinchliffe
Chris Stinson
Michael McDonough
Sales Company
Sony Pictures Releasing International
Production Company
Bron Studios, Topic Studios, Harrison Productions, Reisman Productions, Still Rolling Productions
Empire International Gulf
Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Korber, Dale Dickey

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