HUMANITAS Winner Debra Granik Wins Best Documentary at Los Angeles Film Festival


Debra-Granik-mainA fictional detective story and a documentary about a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder took home the top prizes at the closing night of the Los Angeles Film Festival on Thursday.

Dave Boyle's “Man From Reno” was given the narrative award, and Debra Granik's “Stray Dog” was named the festival’s best documentary feature.

“Stray Dog" looks at a 67-year-old, grizzled-looking Vietnam vet as he falls in love with a Mexican woman he met on a trip to that country.

She moves in with him at the trailer park he owns in Southern Missouri and the two begin trying to bridge their cultural differences as he continues to struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The documentary is the first film Granik has made since 2010’s best picture nominee “Winter’s Bone,” which was also set in the Ozarks.

The documentary is “a beautifully crafted observational portrait that addresses with love, empathy and humor, some of the issues we struggle with as a country today, such as PTSD, immigration and poverty,” the jury said in a statement.

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