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Plot, Details & Awards

The Woodsman

(2004)

Rated R for sexuality, disturbing behavior and language.

R In Theaters 12/24/2004 , 85min.
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Plot & Details

Writer/director Nicole Kassell makes her feature film debut with the drama The Woodsman. Co-written by Steven Fechter, the original script won first place at the Slamdance Screenplay Competition in 2001. Kevin Bacon plays Walter, a child molester who gets out of prison after serving a 12-year sentence. He returns to his old town and tries to start over by working at a woodyard. Fortunately, his brother-in-law (Benjamin Bratt) helps him get a place to live. He even strikes up a relationship with local gal Vickie (Bacon's real-life wife, Kyra Sedgwick). However, Walter still struggles with his past and the suspicions of co-worker Mary-Kay (Eve) and Detective Lucas (Mos Def). The Woodsman premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the dramatic competition.

Awards

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Boston Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Boston Society of Film Critics Best New Filmmaker (Runner-up) Nicole Kassell Won

Deauville Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Deauville Film Festival In Competition Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Nicole Kassell Nominated
2004 Independent Spirit Awards Best Debut Performance Hannah Pilkes Nominated
2004 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actor Kevin Bacon Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 National Board of Review Special Recognition for Excellence in Filmmaking Won

Slamdance International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Slamdance International Film Festival Best Script Nicole Kassell Won
2001 Slamdance International Film Festival Best Script Steven Fechter Won

Sundance Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Sundance Film Festival In Competition Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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