The first event for 2015 and I’m so excited. This year Saoirse has two movies at Sundance so I hope this means loads of pics for us. Meantime, yesterday they had the first Premiere with Stockholm, Pennylvania. Enjoy the HQ pictures I grabbed and I hope to be adding more after.
Public Appearances > Events from 2015 > Jan 23 | Sundance Film Festival: “Stockholm, Pennylvania” Premiere
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This is the first look at Saoirse Ronan in her dark new role – playing a kidnap victim in a harrowing new film.
The Carlow star plays an “emotionally stunted” woman who is abducted and held prisoner in movie Stockholm, Pennsylvania.
The film shows Saoirse’s character slowly begin to develop feelings for her kidnapper after several years held captive.
It also shows her failing to maintain a relationship with her family when she is released – echoing a number of high-profile real-life stories.
It will be premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in America next month, which the 20-year-old filmed in just 19 days on a tiny budget.
She said: “It’s about a girl called Leia who’s in her early twenties. At the start she’s rescued, after seven years, from her kidnapper, who raised her in a basement.
“She has never seen the light of day until she is handed back to her biological parents in the second scene, but she doesn’t know these people.
“It’s mainly about the relationship between Leia and her mother, and how she doesn’t see why it’s wrong to be completely in love (in a childlike way) with her kidnapper, despite what he did.”
This year, Saoirse will also be seen in Brooklyn, which she filmed with Domhnall Gleeson.
The film is the highly anticipated adaptation of Colm Toibin’s novel of the same name.
Set in the early 1950s, Brooklyn is the story of a young woman played by Ronan who moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, New York, where she has the opportunity for work and romance with an Italian-American played by Emory Cohen.
When a family tragedy brings her back to Ireland, she finds herself absorbed into her old community.
Romance sparks between her and local boy Jim Farrell, played by Gleeson, and she finds herself torn about returning to America. Author Toibin (below) said he was impressed with the adaptation and described Ronan’s performance as “extraordinary”.
“It’s very, very emotional. It’s the first time I suppose she’s doing a part as a lead actress as an adult on her own and she’s absolutely extraordinary,” he said.
He also revealed that Ronan had major on-screen chemistry with co-star Cohen.
“Emory Cohen plays it as pure charm. He’ll do anything to win her,” he said.
The screenplay was written by About A Boy author Nick Hornby and is set to hit cinemas next year.
Brooklyn marks the fifth Irish production with support from the Irish Film Board to screen at the festival over the years.
Kerry director Gerard Barrett will be taking his new film Glassland to the festival established by Robert Redford.
Starring Jack Reynor, Toni Colette and Will Poulter, it tells the story of a young man trying to cope with an alcoholic mother in Tallaght.
“It’s such an honour and privilege to take this film to Sundance. To be in competition at Sundance really is special,” said Barrett.