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Now Playing on Sundance: JUNEBUG, WENDY AND LUCY, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

Amy Adams in Junebug

What makes a family? That question lies at the heart of Sundance Channel’s film offerings this week. Is it the acceptance of a wife who clearly does not fit into her married family (JUNEBUG)? Or that last-held connection to a beloved pet, when all other strings of attachment have frayed (WENDY AND LUCY)? Or the complex machinations of an intellectual family dealing with the dissolution of a marriage (THE SQUID AND THE WHALE)? It’s all these things and more.

First up is the unconventional yet oddly familiar family in this week’s WTF: Watch This Film selection. Vincent Lannoo’s mockumentary VAMPIRES follows a decidedly pedestrian family of four who just happen to have a penchant for, you know, blood-sucking.

We promise that this in no way resembles anything Twilight-related (blood-sucking aside).
VAMPIRES Friday 12A

The man in charge would like to direct your attention to the 2008 indie WENDY AND LUCY. Here’s more from Mr. Redford on why you should tune in:


Michelle Williams stars in this road story directed by the brilliant Kelly Reichardt (who also worked with Williams on MEEK’S CUTOFF).
WENDY AND LUCY Saturday at 8P

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, a 2005 Sundance Film Festival winner for both the Director’s Award and Screenwriting Award Movies, is filmmaker Noah Baumbach’s semi-autobiographical account of his parents’ divorce.

Featuring tremendous performances from Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg and Anna Paquin.
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE Sunday 10:15P

This week’s Official Selection brings you another 2005 Sundance Film Festival favorite, the culture-clash family drama JUNEBUG. A cosmopolitan art dealer (Embeth Davidtz) travels with her husband (Alessandro Nivola) to his rural hometown to lure a folk artist to sign with her gallery — and attempt to find common ground with her in-laws.

Also starring Scott Wilson, Celia Weston, Benjamin McKenzie and the extraordinary Amy Adams, who won a special jury acting prize for the role.
JUNEBUG Wednesday 8P

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