Kim Voynar highlights women’s achievements at Sundance:
Jess Weixlser won a Grand Jury award for her role in “Teeth”, as did Tamara Podemski for her part in “Four Sheets to the Wind”. “Hounddog” is the controversial– and generally bad– film with a standout performance by Dakota Fanning. Ellen Page and Catherine Keener deliver strong performances in “An American Crime, bolstering an otherwise dark and depressing film. “Broken English” features one of Parker Posey’s best performances in years. In “The Savages”, Writer/Director Tamara Jenkins knocks it out of the park with a great film about adult siblings, screwed up from an abusive childhood, who find themselves in the position of caring for an aging father who doesn’t even know who they are or remember their childhoods. Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman could both garner Oscar nods for this film if Fox Searchlight is smart with the marketing of the film (and they likely will be — see Little Miss Sunshine). “The Bible Tells Me So”, directed by Dan Karslake, features the stories of Chrissy Gephardt and Tonia Poteat.